CURRENT GROUP MEMBERS

Dr. DAVIT HAYRAPETYAN

Dipl. Chem.: 2009, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) 

Ph.D. in Chemistry: 2012, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)

Research Scientist: Feb 2013 - Dec 2013, ChemDiv Research Institute (Russia)

Postdoctoral Fellow: 2014-2015, University of Tokyo (Japan) with Prof. Shu Kobayashi

Postdoctoral Research Assistant: 2015-2016, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) with Prof. Kevin Lam

Postdoctoral Fellow: 2016-2018, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum (Germany) with Prof. Lukas Goossen

Postdoctoral Fellow: 2019-present: Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Davit is independent Postdoctoral Fellow under The Office of the Provost at Nazarbayev University. He is collaborating with us in base-metal-catalyzed hydroboration and transfer hydrogenation reactions and electrocatalysis   

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 and cobalt catalysts for small molecule activation, chemoselective hydroboration reactions of N-containing unsaturated organic molecules (such as carboxamides, nitriles, nitro compounds, etc.) 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

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VALERIYA FROLOVA

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

Valeriya is working on one project with Azamat aiming at the development of base metal complexes for deoxygenative reduction of primary and secondary carboxamides to amines

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AZAMAT YESSENGAZIN

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

Azamat is working on one project with Valeriya aiming at the development of base metal complexes for deoxygenative reduction of primary and secondary carboxamides to amines

AINUR SLAMOVA

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

M.Sc. in Chemistry: 2013, Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan)

Laboratory Assistant: 2016-2018, School of Science and Technology, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Research Technologist, Core Facilities: 2018-present, Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan)

Ainur is involved in multiple projects including Co-catalyzed reduction of challenging unsaturated organic molecules and carbon dioxide and iron complexes for activation of small molecules. Ainur actively participates in the mechanistic studies of catalytic reactions helping out other research team members

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

Zhaisan Zhanabil (Jaysan Janabel)

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

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: Research Assistant at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) 

Raikhan Zakarina

B.Sc. Student (2020-2021)

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

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