CURRENT GROUP MEMBERS

Dr. OZGUR OZTOPCU

B.Sc. in Chem. Eng.: 1998, Istanbul Technical University (Turkey) 

M.Sc. in Chemistry: 2010, Vienna University of Technology (Austria)

Ph.D. in Chemistry: 2013, Vienna University of Technology (Austria) with Prof. Karl Kirchner

Shift Supervisor: 2017-2019, PHOENIX Arzneiwarengroßhandlung GmbH (Austria)

Postdoctoral Research Assistant: 2019-2020, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) with Prof. Andrey Khalimon

Instructor in Chemistry: 2020-present, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)  

Ozgur joined the group in August 2019 as Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Since January 2020 he is working as Instructor in Chemistry but is still actively involved in research in our group. Ozgur is developing non-symmetrical molybdenum and base-metal pincer complexes and investigating their catalytic activities in reduction of challenging unsaturated bonds.

Dr. KRISTINA GUDUN

B.Sc. in Chemistry: 2007, Buketov Karaganda State University (Kazakhstan) 

M.Sc. in Chemistry: 2009, Buketov Karaganda State University (Kazakhstan)

Ph.D. in Chemical Technology of Organic Compounds: 2012, Buketov Karaganda State University (Kazakhstan)

Laboratory Technologist: 2013-2015, ACRYLATE LTD. (Kazakhstan)

Postdoctoral Research Assistant: 2016-2017, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) with Prof. Rostislav Bukasov

Postdoctoral Research Assistant: 2017-present, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) with Prof. Andrey Khalimon

Kristina is involved in multiple research projects across our laboratory but mainly she is working on nickel, cobalt and iron catalysts for small molecule activation, chemoselective hydroboration reactions of N-containing unsaturated organic molecules (such as carboxamides, nitriles, nitro compounds, etc.), hydrogen borrowing and reduction of carbon dioxide

AZIZA ADILKHANOVA

B.Sc. in Chemistry: 2019, Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan)

M.Sc. in Chemistry: 2021, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Research Assistant: 2021-present, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Aziza is developing nickel pincer complexes for reduction of challenging unsaturated organic molecules and carbon dioxide and activation of polar E-H bonds (such as N-H, O-H, etc.) using metal-ligand cooperation strategy. She is also working on carbon dioxide storage and reduction projects in collaboration with the School of Mining and Geosciences

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AZAMAT YESSENGAZIN

B.Sc. Student in Chemistry, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Azamat is developing of base metal complexes for deoxygenative reduction of primary and secondary carboxamides to amines as well as deoxygenation of other carbonyl compounds

OFELIYA TALIMONYUK

B.Sc. Student in Chemistry, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Ofeliya is working together with Kristina on the development of novel iron metal-ligand cooperative systems for hydrogen borrowing reactions

PAST GROUP MEMBERS

Assel Yelubayeva

B.Sc. Student (6 months, 2016)

Alibek Nurseiit

B.Sc. Student (2015-2018); M.Sc. Student and Research Assistant (2018-2020)

Current position: Lead Process Engineer at TOO "KLPE" (Kazakhstan)

Medet Segizbayev

B.Sc. Student (2015-2018); M.Sc. Student and Research Assistant (2018-2019)

Current Position: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry at Brock University (Canada)

Aishabibi Kassymbek

B.Sc. Student (6 months, 2017)

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher with Prof. Newman at the University of Ottawa (Canada)

Zhaisan Zhanabil (Jaysan Janabel)

B.Sc. Research Assistant (2018)

Current Position: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry at Purdue University (USA)

Assyl Adamov 

B.Sc. Student (2018-2019)

Current Position: M.Sc. Student in Chemical and Materials Engineering at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Sandugash Yergeshbayeva

M.Sc. Research Assistant (6 months, 2017)

Current position: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry at Florida State University (USA)

Adil Les

B.Sc. Student (2019-2020)

Current position: M.Sc. Student at Nazarbayev University School of Medicine (Kazakhstan)

Dinmukhamed (Dimash) Shakhman

B.Sc. Student (2018-2020)

Current position: M.Sc. Student in Chemistry at Brock University (Canada)

Aziza Adilkhanova

M.Sc. Student (2019-2021)

Current position: M.Sc. Research Assistant at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) 

Raikhan Zakarina

B.Sc. Student (2020-2021)

Current position: M.Sc. Student in Chemistry at Brock University (Canada)

Ainur Slamova

Research Technologist (M.Sc.) (2018-2021)

Current position: Research Technologist at Nazarbayev University Core Facilities (Kazakhstan)

Valeriya Frolova

BSc Student (Honors) (2018-2022)

Current position: Research Intern at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST, Japan)

AYAZHAN BIZHANOVA

B.Sc. Student in Chemistry, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Ayazhan is developing bifunctional base-metal complexes with polydentate amine ligands for transfer hydrogenation reactions

SANIYA RAKISHEVA

B.Sc. in Chemistry: 2020, Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan)

M.Sc. Student in Chemistry: 2021-present, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Saniya is working on transfer hydrogenation catalysis using bifunctional base-metal complexes with polydentate amine ligands (primarily with pincer-type ligands).

AMINA ZHARKENOVA

B.Sc. Student in Chemistry, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Amina working together with Aziza on the project aimed at the preparation of base metal composite materials as catalysts for water treatment and reduction of carbon dioxide 

BAKDAULET SEISENKUL

B.Sc. Student in Chemistry, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Bakdaulet is working together with Azamat, developing nickel catalysts for deoxygenation of carbonyl compounds