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Kuanysh Zhussupbekov

Postdoctoral Research Fellow School of Physics,

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Dr Kuanysh Zhussupbekov


In 2011, Kuanysh received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Eurasian National University (Astana, Kazakhstan). In 2013, he earned his master’s degree in Physics from Eurasian National University (Astana, Kazakhstan). 2013-2016, Kuanysh worked as a lecturer in the School of Physics and Technology at Eurasian National University (Astana, Kazakhstan). Kuanysh joined the Applied Physics Research Group (APRG) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in March 2017 as a PhD student. In 2021 successfully defended his PhD thesis, titled “Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Layered Materials”. Since 2021 Kuanysh has been working as a postdoc in the APRG. In addition to his research activity, Kuanysh is involved in teaching: lecturing and supervising the Junior Fresh labs in the School of Physics.


His core research is focused on the synthesis and characterisation of novel oxide and 2D nanomaterials under ultra-high vacuum conditions (UHV), in particular niobium oxides, a new allotrope of phosphorous and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). Specifically, he is investigating the atomic and electronic structure of these materials by using a scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) technics. Moreover, he is investigating how certain defects (0D, 1D and 2D) are influencing and changing the electronic and atomic properties of the material. Kuanyshis also interested in using computational calculations such as density functional theory (DFT) calculations for simulation of the atomic and electronic structure of materials.

Research interests and expertise

  • High-resolution scanning tunnelling microscopy
  • High-resolution scanning tunnelling spectroscopy
  • 2-dimensional nanomaterials
  • Transition metal dichalcogenides
  • Defects, the influence of them on the materials’ properties
  • Density functional theory
  • Ultra-high vacuum systems
  • Reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy
  • Surface electronic and structural properties
  • Thin and ultra-thin film growth and characterisation
  • Metal and organic molecule self-assembly on surfaces
  • Electronic and crystallographic structure of the materials


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