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Dr Asel Sartbaeva


Asel Sartbaeva is a Royal Society University Research Fellow since 2011. She did her PhD in Cambridge from 2001 to 2004 with Prof. Simon Redfern on Li ionic transport and framework flexibility in silicates. She then became a PostDoctoral Associate with Prof. Mike Thorpe and Prof. Simon Billinge at ASU, where she worked on understanding flexibility and ordering in frameworks, including glasses, zeolites and manganites. In 2007 she was awarded Glasstone Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. Here, she started an independent career working on zeolites and related energy materials. In 2011, she was awarded a URF, and in 2012 she moved to the Department of Chemistry in the University of Bath.

Asel Sartbaeva's principal research interests are flexibility in framework structures and interactions between this internal flexibility and interstitial atoms and molecules. These structures include zeolite frameworks, manganite and cuprite perovskite materials, and glasses. She uses a combination of direct experimental investigation (neutron or X-ray diffraction with PDF and Rietveld analyses) and theoretical modelling and geometric simulation for the interpretation of results.


Nearchou, A., Raithby, P. and Sartbaeva, A., 2017. Systematic approaches towards template-free synthesis of EMT-type zeolites. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 255.

Wells, S. A., Leung, K. M., Edwards, P. P., Tucker, M. and Sartbaeva, A., 2017. Forthcoming. Defining the flexibility window in ordered aluminosilicate zeolites. Royal Society Open Science, 4, 170757.

Chen, Y.-C., Smith, T., Hicks, R. H., Doekhie, A., Koumanov, F., Wells, S. A., Edler, K. J., van den Elsen, J., Holman, G. D., Marchbank, K. J. and Sartbaeva, A., 2017. Thermal stability, storage and release of proteins with tailored fit in silica. Scientific Reports, 7, 46568.

Fletcher, R. E., Wells, S., Leung, K. M., Edwards, P. P. and Sartbaeva, A., 2015. Intrinsic flexibility of porous materials:theory, modelling and the flexibility window of the EMT zeolite framework. Acta Crystallographica Section B-Structural Science, 71 (Part 6), 641–647.

Wells, S. A. and Sartbaeva, A., 2015. GASP:software for geometric simulations of flexibility in polyhedral and molecular framework structures. Molecular Simulation, 41 (16-17), pp. 1409-1421.

Wells, S. A., Leung, K. M., Edwards, P. P. and Sartbaeva, A., 2015. Flexibility windows in faujasite with explicit water and methanol extra-framework content. Dalton Transactions, 44 (13), pp. 5978-5984.

Nearchou, A. and Sartbaeva, A., 2015. Influence of alkali metal cations on the formation of zeolites under hydrothermal conditions with no organic structure directing agents. CrystEngComm, 17 (12), pp. 2496-2503.

Leung, K. M., Edwards, P. P., Jones, E. and Sartbaeva, A., 2015. Microwave synthesis of LTN framework zeolite with no organic structure directing agents. RSC Advances, 5 (45), pp. 35580-35585.

Ogilvie, A. D., Makepeace, J. W., Hore, K., Ramirez-Cuesta, A. J., Apperley, D. C., Mitchels, J. M., Edwards, P. P. and Sartbaeva, A., 2013. Catalyst-free synthesis of sodium amide nanoparticles encapsulated in silica gel. Advances in Chemical Physics, 427, pp. 61-65.

Sartbaeva, A., Rees, N. H., Edwards, P. P., Ramirez-Cuesta, A. J. and Barney, E., 2013. Local probes show that framework modification in zeolites occurs on ammonium exchange without calcination. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 1, pp. 7415-7421.

Sartbaeva, A. and Wells, S., 2012. Framework flexibility and rational design of new zeolites for catalysis. Applied Petrochemical Research, 2 (3-4), pp. 69-72.

Wells, S. and Sartbaeva, A., 2012. Template-based geometric simulation of flexible frameworks. Materials, 5 (3), pp. 415-431.

Sartbaeva, A., Haines, J., Cambon, O., Santoro, M., Gorelli, F., Levelut, C., Garbarino, G. and Wells, S., 2012. Flexibility windows and compression of monoclinic and orthorombic silicalites. Physical Review B, 85 (6), 064109.

Sartbaeva, A., Wells, S., Kuznetsov, V. L. and Edwards, P. P., 2012. Hydrogen: An end-state solution for transportation? In: Inderwildi, O. and King, D., eds. Energy, Transport, & the Environment. London: Springer.

Wells, S.A., Sartbaeva, A. and Gatta, G.D., 2011. Flexibility windows and phase transitions of ordered and disordered ANA framework zeolites. EPL (Europhysics Letters), 94 (5), 56001.

Seel, A., Sartbaeva, A., Mayers, J., Ramirez-Cuesta, T. and Edwards, P. P., 2011. Neutron Compton scattering investigation of sodium hydride: from bulk material to encapsulated nanoparticulates in amorphous silica gel. Journal of Chemical Physics, 134 (11), 114511.

Seel, A.G., Sartbaeva, A., Edwards, P.P. and Rammirez-Cuesta, A.J., 2010. Inelastic neutron scattering of Na-zeolite A with in situ ammoniation:An examination of initial coordination. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 12 (33), pp. 9661-9666.

Sartbaeva, A., Wells, S., Sommariva, M., Lodge, M. J.T., Jones, M. O., Ramirez-Cuesta, T., Lee, G. and Edwards, P. P., 2010. Formation of crystalline Sodium Hydride nanoparticles encapsulated within an amorphous framework. Journal of Cluster Science, 21, pp. 543-549.

Wells, S., Sartbaeva, A., Kuznetsov, V. L. and Edwards, P. P., 2010. Hydrogen economy. In: Crabtree, R., ed. Energy Production and Storage. Chichester: Wiley.

Lei, M., De Graff, A.M.R., Thorpe, M.F., Wells, S.A. and Sartbaeva, A., 2009. Uncovering the intrinsic geometry from the atomic pair distribution function of nanomaterials. Physical Review B, 80 (2), 024118.

Gatta, D., Sartbaeva, A. and Wells, S., 2009. Compression behaviour and flexibility window of the analcime like feldspathoids: experimental and theoretical findings. European Journal of Mineralogy, 21 (3), pp. 571-580.

Božin, E.S., Billinge, S.J.L., Sartbaeva, A., Wells, S.A., Thorpe, M.F., Zheng, H., Mitchell, J.F. and Proffen, T., 2008. Structure of CaMnO3 in the range 10 K ≤ T ≤ 550 K from neutron time-of-flight total scattering. Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, 69 (9), pp. 2146-2150.

Sartbaeva, A., Gatta, G.D. and Wells, S.A., 2008. Flexibility window controls pressure-induced phase transition in analcime. EPL (Europhysics Letters), 83 (2), 26002.

Shatnawi, M. T. M., Farrow, C. L., Chen, P., Boolchand, P., Sartbaeva, A., Thorpe, M. F. and Billinge, S. J. L., 2008. Search for a structural response to the intermediate phase in GexSe1-x glasses. Physical Review B, 77 (9), 094134.

Sartbaeva, A., Kuznetsov, V.L., Edwards, P.P. and Wells, S.A., 2008. Hydrogen nexus in a sustainable energy future. Energy & Environmental Science, 1 (1), pp. 79-85.

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