Laboratory of Materials Processing and Applied Physics

Mission:

Rational and ecologically expedient use of Kazakhstan resources for obtaining new materials with various functional properties, development of energy-saving technologies in order to reduce energy consumption and increase productivity of both devices and products based on creating new materials. Conducting research in the field of pulse-beam technologies, plasma physics and nuclear physics.

Main goals:

  1. Development of pulse-beam technologies for synthesis and modification of materials based on the pulse ion accelerator INURA (treatment of surfaces of refractory materials, synthesis of nanomaterials, modification of nanostructures, annealing of defects, etc.)
  2. Development and improvement of technologies for directional synthesis of materials with improved optical and electrophysical properties and their design with transparent conductive oxides (GaZnO, AlZnO, GaAlZnO, Ga2O3);
  3. Improvement of the technology for obtaining nanostructured materials, obtaining materials for the creation of "electronic nose" devices for monitoring and control of toxic and greenhouse gases (WO3, WSe2, GaSe, PtSe2, WS2, GO, rGO);
  4. Creation of catalysts and electrodes for photocatalytic water purification and hydrogen generation (Cu/ZnAl2O4/CNT; Fe3O4, MgFe2O4, CoFe2O4, NiFe2O4, CuFe2O4);
  5. Study of the processes of interface structure formation and production of superhydrophobic materials for water purification from oil spills, organic solar cells, light-emitting diodes and spintronics (GaN, superhydrophobic sand, magnetic hydrophobic materials modified with graphene oxide for purification and separation of water from oil).
  6. Development of hydrogen generation technology due to solar energy based on transition metal chalcogenides (MX2, M: W, Mo; X: S, Se). Elaboration of thin film photosensitive electrode materials for the production of hydrogen from solar energy and increasing the efficiency and stability of films. The laboratory has a scientific reserve and the required material-technical basis for the creation of new materials and their modification, together with scientists and students from Ireland, Russia and Germany.
  7. Investigation of the structure of the nuclei A = 17-19 in the states of low excitation energies close to that which is important for nuclear astrophysics. It is planned to measure the excitation functions for elastic scattering of 22Ne (α, α) by the TTIK method using the DC-60 cyclotron. We can identify resonances close to 2 MeV in the center-of-mass system by using the initial beam energy ~ 1.7 MeV / A.
  8. Investigation of luminescence of compressed and liquefied noble gases for use in optical detectors of ionizing radiation. The main idea of ​​this project is based on the discovery in recent years of a powerful band at a wavelength of 1.18 μm in liquid argon with a small xenon additive in the Munich group. The second idea of ​​the project is based on our studies of radiation of heteronuclear molecules of noble gases. This research will be conducted on the heavy-ion accelerator DC-60 which is located in the Astana branch of the Institute of Nuclear Physics.
  9. Our team also conducts experiments to produce transparent conductive films based on silver nanowires.

Our team:

Farabi Bozheyev (PhD), Mendykhan Khasenov (PhD), Alexander Tikhonov (PhD, NU), Marat Kaikanov (PhD), Gulnar Sugurbekova (doctor of chemical sciences), Oral Ualibek (PhD), Ozhet Mauit (PhD), Olzat Toktarbaiuly (PhD), Ramiz Zulkarnay (PhD student), Aliya Nurmukhanbetova (PhD, NURIS), Gulzat Demeuova (MSc), Aliya Kurbanova (MSc), Murat Baisariyev (MSc student), Aidar Seralin (PhD student), Aidar Kemelbay (NU), Dosbol Nauryzbayev (MSc), Askhat Amrenov (BSc), 4 students of the NU.

Available equipment:we use NLA equipment for the production of thin films: CVD, PECVD, ALD and magnetron sputtering system. Sample characterization methods such as AFM, SEM, Raman and optical spectrometers, potentiostat, solar simulator, NURA ion accelerator, DC-60 (EH) cyclotron, DLS Zetasizer, FTIR, UV-Vis, Electro spinner, OSA 100, gas chromatograph.

Our partners:

National Nano Laboratory of Open Type (NNLOT) of Al-Farabi KazNU (Almaty), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Beijing University of Technology, Institute of Nano Optoelectronics Research and Technology (INOR) at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Texas Technical University (USA), Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of Bulgaria, Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Astana, Kazakhstan), Helmholtz-Center (Berlin), Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia), Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland).

Current funded research projects:

  1. The sub-project "INURA (Innovative Nazarbayev University's Research Accelerator) Phase 2: Assembling of minimal configuration" of target program "NU-Berkeley strategic initiative in warm-dense matter, advanced materials, and energy sources for 2014-2018", funded by the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) of the Republic of Kazakhstan (RK) for 2014- 2018 years.
  2. The sub-project "Integration of deposition of thin films and nanoparticles for energy-efficient applications" of targeted program " NU-Berkeley strategic initiative in warm-dense matter, advanced materials, and energy sources for 2014-2018” funded by the MES of the RK for 2014-2018.
  3. Grant of the MES of the RK "Pulsed ion beam modification of silver nanowires based transparent conducting films" (2018-2020);
  4. Grant of the MES of the RK "Design and modification of semiconductor materials on the basis of Kazakhstan gallium for use in lighting technologies" (2018-2020);
  5. Grant of the MES of the RK "Controlled synthesis of PtSe2 thin films for large scale electronic applications" (2018-2020);
  6. Grant of the MES of the RK "Highly selective detection of gases using organized
    ZnO scaffold based nanomaterials" (2018-2020)