Zhumabay Bakenov

School of Engineering, National Laboratory Astana, Chemical Engineering

Prof. Zhumabay Bakenov was the first faculty of School of Engineering of Nazarbayev University, joined in August 2011.

Prof. Bakenov holds a Doctor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology (2007) and PhD degree from Kazakh National Academy of Science (Physical Chemistry, 1994).
Since 2010, Prof. Bakenov published more than 70 research papers in impact factor journals, and presented at more than 80 peer-reviewed international conferences.
Awards: Medal of the Government of Kazakhstan “For Excellence in Labour” (2018), the 2017 Award of Springer Nature “Springer Nature Top Authors”, the National Award for the Best Patent of the Year “Shapagat” (2016), the Medal of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan “For Contribution to Development of Science in Kazakhstan” (Dec. 2014), The 2015 Award “Science Leader” by the Thomson Reuters, the 2010 Award of Ceramic Society of Japan for series of work in battery field, the National Academy of Science Award for the best Work in the Field for both graduate and Ph.D. thesis; 2013 – Certificate of the Kazakhstan State Program “Business Roadmap – 2020”: the SME Executive Development Program by Duke Corporate Education and NU Graduate School of Business; the UNESCO Scholarship, National Stipend for Researchers (National Academy of Science of Kazakhstan), the British Council Travel Grant 2015.
Professional memberships: Active member of the Electrochemical Society (ECS USA), the Electrochemical Society of Japan (ECS-J), the Ceramic Society of Japan (CSJ), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Research Projects. Prof. Bakenov has excellent records of project participation and supervision: industrial and National projects in Japan (Nissan Motor Co., Nihon Oil Fat Co.; New Energy Development Organization, NEDO, Japan), Kazakhstan and Canada; Team leader of the European Union FP7 Project, Principal Investigator of two projects under the technology Commercialization Project of the World Bank and Government of Kazakhstan, Nazarbayev University funded research and commercialization projects. Currently Prof. Bakenov supervises several research projects by the Government of Kazakhstan, and industrial projects from companies.

Research interest: Advanced Energy Storage and Conversion Systems, Advanced Materials Science, nanotechnology, electrochemistry; advanced rechargeable batteries; grid energy storage; synthesis of functional nanomaterials – including biological application; environmental engineering – remediation of soil and water; modelling and analysis of electrochemical and thermal processes in lithium-ion batteries.

Research Supervision: leading one of the largest international Research Group at NU in advanced energy storage and conversion systems and functional nanomaterials (including NU faculty and teaching assistants, several postdoctoral researchers, and a large group of students from NU and other international and domestic universities. Prof. Bakenov is supervising seven graduate students (doctor and master) in Kazakhstan and internationally.


(a) Prototype cells developed in our Laboratory: coin type and pouch cells,
(b) Battery testing and assembly equipment at our Laboratory