Dr. Andrey Y. Khalimon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the School of Science and Technology at Nazarbayev University since January 2015.
He received his Dipl. Chem. Degree from M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Brock University (Ontario, Canada). Prior to joining Nazarbayev University, he has been working as a Research Associate in the group of Prof. Warren E. Piers at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) in collaboration with Intel Corporation (USA) and as a Research Fellow at CaRLa (Catalysis Research Laboratory, BASF SE; Heidelberg, Germany). He was involved in various projects in inorganic and organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, including development and catalytic applications of the concept of Photo Lewis Acid Generators and the development of the first catalytic system for direct synthesis of acrylates from CO2 and olefins – a highly attractive process for chemical industry. Dr. Khalimon has more than 15 years of research experience and has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and more than 22 conference presentations.
His current research interests include:
(1) homogeneous catalysis for sustainable energy technologies,
(2) activation of small molecules (CO2, CO, NH3, etc.) by transition metal complexes for their conversion into liquid fuels and chemical feedstock,
(3) development of new abundant metal catalysts for chemo-, regio-, and enantioselective transformation of organic substrates into value-added products
(4) organometallic compounds for solar energy harnessing.