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Nikhil Dhawan
Nikhil Dhawan Assistant Professor ndhawan.fmt[at] 91-1332-284839
Areas of Interest
  • Mineral Processing, Extractive Metallurgy, Recycling, Microwave processing, Rare earth, Electronic waste recycling, CFL, Magnets, Lithium ion battery
Professional Background
April 2013Jan 2015Senior ScientistCSIR-Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology (IMMT)
20082013Research scholarUniversity of Utah, USA
Honors and Awards
Khare award - best paper / research conducted Indian institute of mineral engineers - IIME 2016
AC Datta MESA AwardInstitution of Engineers2016
National Science Foundation scholarshipTMS - USA2011
Best undergraduate thesis awardPEC - Chandigarh2008
PECOSA scholarshipPEC 2008
Educational Details
PhDMetallurgical EngineeringUniversity of Utah, USA2013
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyYear
Comminution studies of banded iron oresDST2015
Iron ore reductionSERB2018
Recycling of lithium ion batteriesMHRD, MOEF2018
Investigation of silicate rocks for fertilizersSERB, DST2018
Beneficiation of silicate rocks for potash valuesMInistry of Mines2018
  • Indian Institution of Mineral Engineers, Life Member
  • Indian Institute of Metals, Life member
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Iron & SteelamkingMT-303B.TechSpring
Mineral ProcessingMT-314B.TechSpring
High pressure grinding rollsIIMEG2016
Extraction of rare earth elements from electronic wasteIIT-BombayI2019
Silicate rocks for fertilizersIISFT2015
Participation in short term courses
Couse NameSponsored ByDate
Kinetics and Modeling of Iron-making Blast FurnaceGIAN, MHRD18-22 Dec
National International Collaboration
Mineral ProcessingTata SteelUG
Mineral processing/ extractive metallurgyCSIR- IMMT BHUBANESWAR RP
Refereed Journal Papers

1. Kodali, P., Depci, T., Dhawan. N.,Wang, X., Lin, C.L., Miller, J.D., 2011, “Evaluation of stucco binder for agglomeration in the heap leaching of copper ore”, Minerals Engineering, vol. 24 (8), pp 886-893.

2. Tuzcu, E. T., Dhawan, N.,Rajamani, R.K., 2011, “A study of coarse particle fracture with the ultra fast load cell”, Minerals and Metallurgical Processing, vol. 28 (4), pp 176-186.

3. Dhawan, N.,Safarzadeh, M.S., Birinci, M., 2011, “Kinetics of hydrochloric acid leaching of smithsonite” Russian Journal of Non-Ferrous Metals, vol 52(3), pp 209-216.

4. Kodali, P., Dhawan. N., Depci, T., Lin, C.L., Miller, J.D., 2011, “Particle Damage and Exposure Analysis in HPGR Crushing of Selected Copper Ores for Column Leaching”, Minerals Engineering, vol. 24 (13), pp 1478-1487.

5. Safarzadeh, M.S., Dhawan, N.,Birinci, M., Moradkhani, D., 2011, “Reductive leaching of cobalt from zinc plant purification residues” Hydrometallurgy, vol. 106 (1-2), pp 51-57.

6. Xu, W., Dhawan, N.,Lin, C.L., Miller, J.D., 2013, Further study of grain boundary fracture in the breakage of single multiphase particles using X-ray microtomography procedures, Minerals Engineering, vol. 46-47, pp 89-94.

7. Dhawan, N., Miller, J.D., Rajamani, R.K., Moats, M., Lin, C.L., 2012, “Recent Advances in the Application of X-ray Computed Tomography in the Analysis of Heap Leaching Systems”, Minerals Engineering, 35, pp. 75–86.

8. Dhawan, N.,Safarzadeh, M.S., Miller, J.D., Moats, M., Rajamani, R.K., 2012, “Crushed Ore Agglomeration and its Control for Heap Leach Operations”, Minerals Engineering, 41, pp. 53–70.

9. Dhawan, N.,Safarzadeh, M.S., Miller, J.D., Moats, M., Free, M., 2013, Understanding the agglomeration behavior of selected copper ores using statistical design of experiments, Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review, 36 (1), pp. 13-25, 2015.

10. Dhawan, N.,Safarzadeh, M.S., Miller, J.D., Moats, M., Free, M., 2014, Understanding the agglomeration behavior of nickel laterite and gold ore using statistical design of experiments, Minerals and metallurgical processing, 31 (1), 21-33.

11. Dhawan, N.,Rashidi, S., Rajamani, R.K., 2014, “Population balance model of crushed ore agglomeration for heap leach operations”, KONA Powder and Particle Journal, 31, pp. 200-213.

12. Rath, S., Sahoo, H., Dhawan, N.,Rao, D., Das, B., Mishra, B.K., 2014, Optimal recovery of iron values from a low grade iron ore using reduction roasting and magnetic separation, Separation Science and Technology, 49 (12), 1927-1936.

13. Jena, S.K., Dhawan N., Rao, D. S., Mishra B. K., B. Das, 2014, Studies on extraction of potassium values from nepheline syenite, International Journal of Mineral Processing, 133, 13–22.

14. Jena, S.K., Singh, S., Dhawan N., Rao, D. S., B. Das, Characterization and Removal of iron from Pyrophyllite ore for Industrial applications, Minerals & Metallurgical Processing, 32 (2), 102-110.

15. Jena, S.K., Dhawan N., Rao, D. S., B. Das, 2015, Extraction of potassium values from pyrophyllite mine waste, Accepted Separation science technology.

16. Jena, S.K., Dhawan N., Rath, S.S., Rao, D. S., Das, B., 2016, Investigation of microwave roasting for potash extraction from nepheline syenite, Separation and Purification Technology, 161, 104–111.

17. Rath, S., Dhawan N., Rao, D. S., Das, B., Mishra, B.K., 2016, Beneficiation studies of a difficult to treat iron ore using conventional and microwave roasting, Powder Technology, 301, 1016–1024.

18. Agrawal, S., Rayapudi, V., Dhawan,N., 2018, Microwave Reduction of Red Mud for Recovery of Iron Values Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 4(4), pp. 427-436.

19. Rayapudi, V., Agrawal, S., Dhawan, N., Investigation of microwave exposure on beneficiation of low grade banded iron ore" Mineral Metallurgy Exploration, DOI: 10.1007/s42461-018-0017-7

20. Kumar, G., Tanvar, H, Pratap, Y., Dhawan, N., Thermal and Mechanical Activation of Sericite for Recovery of Potash Values Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, 72(1), 17-25.

21. Kumar, A., Tanvar, H., Pratap, Y., Dhawan, N., Evaluation of Mica as a Source of Potash, Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, 36(3), 547-555.

22. Agrawal, S., Rayapudi, V., Dhawan, N., 2019, Comparison of microwave and conventional carbothermal reduction of red mud for recovery of iron values, Minerals Engineering, 132, pp. 202-210.

23. Vishvakarma, S., Dhawan, N., 2019, Recovery of Cobalt and Lithium Values from Discarded Li-Ion Batteries, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, DOI: 10.1007/s40831-018-00208-4

24. Rayapudi, V., Dhawan, N., 2019, Microwave processing of banded magnetite quartzite ore for iron recovery, Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, DOI: 10.1007/s12666-019-01637-9

25. Tanvar, H., Dhawan, N., 2019, Recovery of potash values from feldspar, Separation Science & Technology, DOI:10.1080/01496395.2019.1588317

26. Tanvar, H., Dhawan, N., 2019, Extraction of rare earth oxides from discarded compact fluorescent lamps, Minerals Engineering, vol. 135, pp. 95-104. 

27.  Singh, Y., Tanvar, H, Kumar, G., Dhawan, N., Investigation of planetary ball milling of sericite for potash recovery, Powder Technology,

28. Tanvar, H, Kumar, S., Dhawan, N., Microwave exposure of discarded hard disc drive magnets for recovery of rare earth values, JOM, (DOI: 10.1007/s11837-019-03523-7)

29. Rayapudi, V., Agrawal, S., Dhawan, N., Optimization of microwave carbothermal reduction for processing of banded hematite jasper ore, Accepted Minerals Engineering

30. Kumar, R.S., Vishvakarma, S., Barnwal, A., Dhawan, N., 2019, Processing of spent Li-ion batteries for recovery of cobalt and lithium values, Accepted Springer, JOM.