Department of Materials Science, Nanotechnology and Engineering Physics

The Department of Materials Science, Nanotechnology and Engineering Physics (hereinafter referred to as MESiF) was founded in 2021.

The historical path of formation of the Department of Materials Science, Nanotechnology and Engineering Physics begins with the Department of Metal Science and Heat Treatment of Metals, which was founded in 1968. At the origins of the organization of the department were a number of scientists and production workers led by Academician of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Omarov A.K., the first Kazakh scientist to receive a Doctor of Technical Sciences degree in the field of metallurgy. Academician Omarov A.K. - author of more than 250 works, including 9 monographs, textbooks and teaching aids, 18 inventions, 9 foreign patents. He is the author of the first textbook in Kazakh language on metal technology. For services to the development of science and the training of highly qualified specialists A.K. Omarov was awarded the Order of the October Revolution, the Red Banner of Labor, four medals and the 1955-1 Certificate of Honor of the Supreme Council of the KazSSR.

Personnel potential

Among the first teachers who took an active part in ensuring the educational process, creating educational laboratories and scientific departments were Saparov K.S., Duysemaliev Yu.K., Bektursunov Sh.B., Sharipkulov R.S., Ospanova K.K., Kozhamberdin N.A., Baimbetov N.A., Turkbenbaev K.U., Urazbaev. B.K., Kulmanen E.V., Maksimov D.G., Rubtsov V.I. and others. From 1985 to 2011, the department was headed by D.U. Smagulov, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor.

The teaching staff of the department is a highly qualified, professional team of various scientific fields; Most of the teachers have extensive experience working at the university. Scientific and pedagogical activities at the Department of Materials Science, Nanotechnology and Engineering Physics are carried out by teachers. Professor of the Department of Materials Science, Nanotechnology and Engineering Physics Smagulov D.Yu. awarded the title of academician, awarded the gold medal of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for achievements in the development of science in 2022. He was awarded the gold medal of the European Chamber of Science and Industry for a high professional level of activity and the Diploma of the Association of Universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Best Author”. He is the owner of the state grant “Best University Teacher” and the laureate of the State Scientific Scholarship. Member of the International Group of Experts in the Field of Phase Diagrams MSIT (Max Planck Institute, Germany).

Associate Professor of the Department Nazhipkyzy Meruert, winner of the international scholarship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Bolashak" - 2012, winner of the title of Best University Teacher - 2016, winner of state scholarships for talented young scientists - 2016, winner of state scholarships for leading scientists - 2021, famous specialist in the field of chemistry physics, nanotechnology and materials science. In addition, Nazhipkyzy M. was awarded the A. Nobel medal of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (certificate, certificate, badge) on November 22, 2018 for her contribution to the development of invention.

Professor of the Department of Materials Science, Nanotechnology and Engineering Physics Azat S. was awarded a gold medal by the Decision of the Council of Rectors and the Academic Council of NJSC KazNRTU. K.I. Satpayev." Received a certificate of honor and a letter of gratitude from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for achievements in the field of science and education. Awarded the “Best Oral Presentation” certificate at the International Conference “Recent Advancements in Nanotechnology for Sustainable Development” (Maharaja Agrasen University, Baddy, India) November 11-12, 2022.

Goals and objectives:

- To provide fundamental and applied training for students to successfully solve scientific and engineering problems in various fields of materials science, nanotechnology and engineering physics, which are interdisciplinary in nature, especially in the space and nuclear industries.

- To develop students’ practical skills in engineering analysis and design, setting up and conducting scientific research, including the formation of students’ professional orientation as a personality trait of a future engineer.

- To prepare students for a successful career in industrial, scientific, research and production organizations and educational institutions engaged in solving problems of materials science and engineering physics, by developing their professional and ethical responsibility, the ability to independently learn and improve their skills throughout life.

- To improve the three-level model of training personnel with higher and postgraduate education: bachelor’s – master’s – doctoral studies, meeting modern industry requirements, based on the introduction of modern educational technologies and the constant improvement of educational and methodological activities of the department’s teaching staff.

- To ensure the competitiveness of department graduates in the labor market and in the global educational space, meeting modern state and international standards of science and education.

- To ensure an increase in the growth of research activities of the department’s teaching staff in order to integrate education, science and production, to intensify the activities of the department’s teaching staff in publishing articles in scientific journals with a high impact factor;


Currently, the MNIIF department trains bachelors, masters and doctoral students in the following educational programs:

in bachelor's degree:

ЕP 6B07109/6B07207 – “Engineering physics and materials science”

in master's degree:

ЕP 7M07103 – “Materials science and technology of new materials”

ЕP 7M0301 – “Applied and Engineering Physics”

in doctoral studies:

ЕP 8D07103 – “Materials science and technology of new materials”

ЕP 8D05301 – “Applied and engineering physics”

ЕP 8D07114 – “Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies”

Double degree programs

Agreements were signed within the framework of a double-diploma educational program for a master's degree with the following foreign universities:

Tomsk Polytechnic University

1. 7М07103 – Materials science and technology of new materials;

The international cooperation

- The Department of Materials Science, Nanotechnology and Engineering Physics was included in the International European Project HORIZON 2020, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018, No.823942 - “Development and design of novel multiFUNctional PEO COATings (FUNCOAT)”, according to which master’s and doctoral students have the opportunity to do their scientific work (dissertations) and publications in leading European scientific centers. The project runs until the end of 2024. At the moment, employees and students of the MNIIF department have worked on the project: Kakimov U.K., Eshmanova G.B., Kydyrmolla M.

- Students and staff of the department undergo a course of lectures in the field of Materials Science and Nanotechnology from foreign professors as part of the “Visiting Professor” program: Dr. Korobeinik A.V (Institute of Surface Chemistry named after Chuiko National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Ukraine), Prof. Rachid Amrousse ( Chouaib Doukkali University (Morocco), Prof. Konrad Terpilowski (Marie Skłodowska-Curie University (Poland).

- Professor of the department Azat S. completed a scientific internship on a scientific project at the Department of Chemistry, Royal Military Academy in Brussels (Belgium), during the period 06/01/2022. until June 15, 2022.

- Professor of the department Nazhipkyzy M. completed a scientific internship at Akdeniz University (Turkey) in the direction of Nanomaterials and nanotechnology, from December 14 to December 20, 2022.

- Head of the department Kudaibergenov K.K. visited Sunway University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) to discuss a plan to further improve the synthesis of carbon materials. During the visit, potential research collaborations, networking opportunities, and exchange program opportunities were explored.

- Satbayev University and the City University of Hong Kong (City U) entered into an agreement to create an innovative strategic partnership, including in the specialty “Engineering Physics and Materials Science”.

Cooperation with industry

Framework agreements have been developed for the implementation of joint activities aimed at improving the training of specialists in nanotechnology and materials science with branches of the department, with subsequent employment of graduates of the EP. There are agreements with the Physico-Technical Institute LLP, ZHAKEN KALSHA LLP, Engineering Laboratory, Institute of Combustion Problems, Scientific Production and Technical Center "ZHALYN", the purpose of which is to implement joint educational and scientific events, academic and scientific exchange, development joint educational programs and projects, as well as the implementation of internships for students at all levels of education and advanced training for department staff.

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