Department of Chemistry




Title: Development of photoelectrochromic devices powered by economical dye-sensitized solar cells

PI: A Adilov (Chemistry, SSH)

co-PI: B Baptayev (NLA)

Consultant: MP Balanay (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2021 – 2023


Title: Natural carbon dots as counter electrodes for photovoltaic applications

PI: MP Balanay (Chemistry, SSH)

co-PI: A Adilov (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2018 – 2020



Title: Editing solar energy to surpass the Shockley-Queisser limit by aggregation induced emission (AIE)-sensitized lanthanides energy conversion

PI: C-K Lim (SEDS)

co-PIs: V Peshkov (Chemistry, SSH); K Dikhanbayev (Al-Farabi NU)

Duration: 2022 – 2024


Title: Engineering of new generation perovskite photovoltaics for  self-sustaining internet of things (IoT) devices


co-PIs: I Ukaegbu (SEDS); A Jumabekov (Physics, SSH); MP Balanay (Chemistry, SSH); M Gabdullin (KBTU); V Pavlenko (Al-Farabi NU)

Duration: 2021 – 2023


Title: Printed perovskite solar cells

PI: A Jumabekov (Physics, SSH)

co-PIs: A Ng (SEDS); MP Balanay (Chemistry, SSH); K Dzhumagulova (Al-Farabi NU)

Duration: 2021 – 2023


Title: A comprehensive study on asphaltene characterization and screening asphaltene deposition inhibitors for Kazakhstan crude oils

PI: A Shafei (SMG)

co-PIs: TS Atabaev (Chemistry, SSH)

O Ivakhnenko (KBTU)

Duration: 2020 – 2022


Title: Molecular mechanisms of signaling by human protein DJ-1

PI: D Utepbergenov (Chemistry, SSH)

co-PIs: B Matkarimov (NLA); A Andreeva (Biology, SSH); K Bekbolat (National Center for Biotechnology)

Duration: 2020 – 2022


Title: Development and validation of hybrid Brillouin-Raman spectroscopy for non-invasive assessment of mechano-chemical properties of urine proteins as biomarkers of kidney diseases

PI: A Gaipov (NUSOM)

co-PIs: Z Utegolov (Physics, SSH); D Turebekov (City Hospital No. 1); R Bukasov (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2020 – 2022


Title: Development of carbon sequestration technology in hydrocarbon bearing basins of Kazakhstan

PI: W Lee (SEDS)

co-PIs: MP Balanay (Chemistry, SSH); Z Bakenov (SEDS); B Kenessov (Al-Farabi NU); S Han (GIST, Korea); Y Park (Hanyang University, Korea)

Duration: 2020 – 2022


Title: Geothermal Energy Production (GEP), Energy Storage (ES), and Carbon Storage and Sequestration (CSS) Potential in Kazakhstan Sedimentary Basins – Geological Baseline Study

PI: M. Fustic (SMG)

co-PIs: A. Khalimon (Chemistry, SSH); Yensepbayev (Satbayev University); Hazlett (SMG); Bayramov (SMG); Holbrook (Texas Christian University, USA)

Duration: 2021 – 2023



Title:  Building a uniform platform for streamlining the development of new methodologies towards high added value chemicals: a step forward from multicomponent reactions

PI: V Peshkov (Chemistry, SSH)

co-PI: D Utepbergenov (Chemistry, SSH); D Hayrapetyan (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2022 – 2024


Title: Stimulus-triggered nano-formulations for targeting and prevention of persistent bacterial biofilms

PI: V Paunov (Chemistry, SSH)

co-PI: G. Sukhorukov (QMUL & Skoltech)

Duration: 2022 – 2024


Title: Crosslinked 3D-nanoporous conducting polymer materials via bicontinuous microemulsion-based approach

PI: S Adilov (Chemistry, SSH)

co-PI: N Nuraje (SEDS); A Konarov (SEDS)

Duration: 2021 – 2023


Title: Non-precious metal catalysts for reduction of challenging unsaturated molecules

PI: A Khalimon (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2020 – 2022


Title: Inverse opal structured titanium dioxide thin films for improved solar water splitting

PI: TS Atabaev (Chemistry, SSH)

co-PIs: A Tikhonov (Physics, SSH); A Molkenova (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2020 – 2022


Title: Identification of the molecular mechanisms preventing YAP-TEAD-mediated cell cycle re-entry in supporting cells of the mouse utricle

PI: A Andreeva (Biology, SSH)

co-PI: D Utepbergenov (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2020 – 2022


Title: Electrochemical C-H amination of (hetero)aromatic compounds

PI: D Hayrapetyan (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2020 – 2022


Title: Flexible photoelectrochromic devices powered by tandem organic solar cells

PI: MP Balanay (Chemistry, SSH)

co-PIs: A Ng (SEDS); S Adilov (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2020 – 2022


Title: Noble metals nanocomposites hyper-activity in heterogeneous non-catalytic and catalytic reactions

PI: V Inglezakis (SEDS)

co-PIs: S Poulopoulos (SEDS); TS Atabaev (Chemistry, SSH); E Arkhangelsky (SEDS)

Duration: 2019 – 2021


Title: Phosphatase-like nanozyme activity of carbon nanodots and its potential as supplement for kinase inhibitor drug treating prostate cancer: potential intellectual property discovered in food product

PI: H Fan (Chemistry, SSH)

co-PIs: Y Xie (Biology, SSH); Z Chen (Meharry Medical College, USA)

Duration: 2019 – 2021


Title: Targeting cancer stem-like cells of castration-resistant prostate cancer through combinatorial inhibition of MET/nuclear MET and β-Catenin pathways: potential therapeutic intellectual property in prostate cancer treatment

PI: Y Xie (Biology, SSH)

co-PIs: H Fan (Chemistry, SSH); K Dukenbayev (SEDS)

Duration: 2019 – 2021


Title: Exploration of organometal halide perovskite based photovoltaics towards future applications-high efficiency and stability


co-PIs: A Jumabekov (Physics, SSH); MP Balanay (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2019 – 2021


Title: A novel analytical method to quantify Cr(VI) concentrations in atmospheric particulate matter using new highly functionalized nanodots-field measurements (Astana & Aktobe) and modeling

PI: M Amouie Torkmahalleh (SEDS)

co-PI: MP Balanay (Chemistry, SSH)

Consultants: PK Hopke (Clarkson University, USA); M Fyrillas (Frederick University, Cyprus); A Rule (John Hopkins University, USA); M Mohammadi (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Duration: 2019 – 2021


Title: Fundamental and applied SERS for detection of cancer biomarkers

PI: R Bukasov (Chemistry, SSH)

Duration: 2018 – 2020