ESR 9: Karina Ashurbekova


Born and raised in the south of Russia in the city Makhachkala, located on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. In July 2016 I received my M.Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry at the Dagestan State University (DSU) (Makhachkala, Russian Federation). In my master project I conducted research on physicochemical and electrical properties of the molten chloride electrolytes of the cerium subgroup lanthanides. I studied the mechanisms and kinetic pathways to increase current and voltage efficiency in metals electrolyze cells and to optimize the electrochemical rare earth metals production technologies.

After finishing my M.Sc. I have spent 2 years as a research assistant at the Physical Chemistry Department at DSU, working for a project on Atomic and Molecular Layer Deposition (ALD/MLD) of hybrid organic-Inorganic thin films. In 2017 I did a 3 months internship, working as a guest researcher in the Nanomaterials group of the CIC nanoGUNE (San Sebastian, Spain).

My research focuses on synthesis of hybrid gas permeation barriers by combining conventional and spatial Vapor Phase Infiltration, MLD and ALD; and optimization of hybrid coatings towards biofunctionality - biocompatibility or bactericidity/fungicidity, e.g. for packaging of food or biomedical devices.

Host institute: CIC nanoGUNE

Daily supervisors: Prof. Mato Knez, CIC nanoGUNE