The Laboratory of Environmental Systems (LES) focuses on sustainable development in the environment and energy fields and the development of environmental and energy research protocol in Kazakhstan. In particular, our laboratory strives to make a significant contribution in research fields such as fate and transport of environmental contaminants, carbon capture and sequestration, novel water and wastewater treatment technology development with energy production, renewable energy, air quality management, energy and environmental policy. The LES has developed and has the access to several onsite laboratory facilities including environmental contaminant analysis, geologic formation of carbon sequestration, water and wastewater treatment testbed, renewable energy test site, gasification plant, as well as access to software for simulation, modeling, and analysis in environmental and energy system applications.
Sustainable Water Treatment
& Environmental Catalysis

Focusing on sustainable water treatment and environmental catalysis, our research endeavors seek to develop advanced technologies for efficient contaminant removal while minimizing environmental impact. Our efforts concentrate on the synthesis and optimization of novel bimetallic catalysts supported by porous materials such as MOFs, ZIFs, and zeolites. These catalysts demonstrate promising capabilities in effectively eliminating heavy metals such as Hg(II) and Cr(VI), as well as anions including NO3- and BrO3-. By addressing critical pollution and water purification challenges through innovative approaches, the laboratory seeks to contribute to the global effort of ensuring access to clean water resources and mitigating environmental degradation.

CO2 Conversion & Sequestration
Our research explores the potential of CO2 conversion and sequestration technologies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable development. Through interdisciplinary approaches encompassing geochemistry, electrochemistry, and modeling, the laboratory aims to estimate the effectiveness of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) strategies in industries across Kazakhstan. Research investigations include developing robust Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) protocols, assessing resource potentials for hydrogen production, and analyzing geological and geochemical factors influencing CO2 storage safety. Additionally, the laboratory focuses on enhancing research and development capabilities in low-carbon technologies, such as CCUS and hydrogen production, through educational initiatives, ensuring a sustainable transition towards carbon-neutral practices.
Environmental Risk Assessment
& Life Cycle Assessment
The Laboratory of Environmental Systems conducts comprehensive assessments to evaluate environmental risks and life cycles associated with infrastructure and contamination in Kazakhstan. Using methodologies like Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and stochastic human health risk assessment (RA), the laboratory aims to quantify carbon emissions from urban water infrastructure and assess the impact of water and soil contamination. Through extensive life cycle inventory and risk assessment, the research aims to provide insights for developing environmental guidelines and improving existing regulations. By simulating clean development mechanisms and proposing revisions to environmental codes based on assessment results, the laboratory seeks to guide policymaking towards sustainable management of water resources and pollution control.
  • Woojin Lee, Ph.D
    Professor and Lab Head
  • Nurbek Nurlan
    Junior Researcher
  • Meiirzhan Nurmyrza
    Research Assistant
  • Alisher Alibekov
    Research Assistant
  • Perizat Abdirova
    Research Assistant
  • Reza Khoramian
    Research Assistant
  • Mira Meirambayeva
    Research Assistant


Model Total Mercury Manual System 1631: Trap Desorption Module (TDM-II) & Model III CVAFS Detector
This Total Mercury Manual Systems for EPA 1631 combines easy to use automated analysis with manual purge and trap for a high-throughput, cost-effective system. This semi-automated system allows for the simultaneous purging of multiple samples while previously loaded amalgamation traps are analyzed.
Thermo Scientific SL8R Refrigerated Centrifuge
The Thermo Scientific SL8R Refrigerated Centrifuge is a versatile laboratory centrifuge designed for a wide range of high-speed centrifugation applications, particularly those requiring temperature control. Its refrigeration system allows for precise temperature control, preventing sample degradation during high-speed runs.
Shimadzu Spectrophotometer UV-1900i
The UV-1900i is a double-beam UV-Vis spectrophotometer using Shimadzu's original LO-RAY-LIGH™ diffraction grating technology. It utilizes ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy to measure the absorbance and transmittance of light through a sample, enabling the determination of the sample's concentration and purity.
SNOL 7,2/1100 LSC21
SNOL 7.2/1100 ashing furnace with solid ceramic chamber is designed for ashing and burn off processes up to 1100°C. Fan-assisted chimney permits eliminating smoke from chamber during process time. It is well-suited for applications in areas such as environmental analysis, materials science, and quality control in industries that require the determination of inorganic content through ashing. The furnace features precise temperature control and uniform distribution of heat, ensuring consistent ashing results.
IR-Fourier Spectrometer IRAffinity-1S Shimadzu
Utilizing Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, the Shimadzu IR-Affinity-1S enables the identification and quantification of organic and inorganic substances by measuring the infrared absorption and emission of a sample. Its high sensitivity, stability, and rapid scanning capabilities make it a valuable tool for chemical analysis, quality control, and environmental testing, providing detailed molecular and structural information about the sample.