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Nikhil Dhawan
Nikhil Dhawan Assistant Professor nikhil.dhawan@mt.iitr.ac.in 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
FromToDesignationOrganisation
April 2013Jan 2015Senior ScientistCSIR-Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology (IMMT)
20082013Research scholarUniversity of Utah, USA
Honors and Awards
AwardInstituteYear
MEI Young Person's AwardMEI, Global2020
INYASIndian National Young Academy of Sciences2019
Khare award - best paper / research conducted Indian institute of mineral engineers - IIME 2016
Best undergraduate thesis awardPEC - Chandigarh2008
PECOSA scholarshipPEC 2008
AC Datta MESA AwardInstitution of Engineers2016
National Science Foundation scholarshipTMS - USA2011
Educational Details
DegreeSubjectUniversityYear
PhDMetallurgical EngineeringUniversity of Utah, USA2013
B.E.Metallurgical Engineering (Hons.)Punjab Engineering College2008
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
Memberships
  • Indian Institution of Mineral Engineers, Life Member
  • Indian Institute of Metals, Life member
  • ISIJ, Member
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Iron & SteelamkingMT-303B.TechSpring
Mineral ProcessingMT-314B.TechSpring
Invitations
TopicOrganistaionCategoryYear
Recycling of compact fluorescent lamps for recovery of rare earth elementsBARCI2019
Extraction of rare earth elements from electronic wasteIIT-BombayI2019
Processing of low-grade iron oresOkhayama UniversityI2019
Participation in short term courses
Couse NameSponsored ByDate
Kinetics and Modeling of Iron-making Blast FurnaceGIAN, MHRD18-22 Dec
National International Collaboration
TopicOrganisationLevel
Mineral ProcessingTata SteelUG
Mineral processing/ extractive metallurgyCSIR- IMMT BHUBANESWAR RP
Refereed Journal Papers

62. Shukla, N., Dhawan, N., 2020, Rapid microwave processing of discarded tubular lights for extraction of rare earth values, Process Safety, and Environmental protection, 142 pp. 238-249.  10.1016/j.psep.2020.06.025

61. Agarwal, S., Dhawan, N., 2020, 2020, Microwave carbothermic reduction of low-grade iron ore, Accepted Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B. DOI: 10.1007/s11663-020-01883-z

60. Barnwal, A., Dhawan, N., 2020, Recovery of metals from discarded integrated circuits", Accepted, Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. DOI: 10.1007/s42461-020-00249-y

59. Agarwal, S., Rayapudi, V., Dhawan, N., 2020 Comparative study of low-grade banded iron ores for iron recovery, Accepted Metallurgical Research and Technology doi: 10.1051/metal/2020034

58.  Kumar, A., Agarwal, S., Dhawan, N., 2020, Mechano-chemical processing of diaspore sample for extraction and synthesis of gamma-alumina and potash values, Accepted JOM DOI: 10.1007/s11837-020-04222-4

57. Agarwal, S., Dhawan, N., 2020, Carbothermic microwave processing for the enrichment of iron ore fines, Accepted Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, DOI: 10.1007/s40831-020-00279-2

56. Pindar, S., Dhawan, N., 2020, Microwave processing of electrode active materials for the recovery of cobalt, manganese and lithium", Accepted Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. DOI: 10.1007/s42461-020-00230-9

55. Pindar, S., Dhawan, N., 2020, Evaluation of carbothermic processing for mixed discarded lithium-ion batteries, Metallurgical Research and Technology, 117, 302 https://doi.org/10.1051/metal/2020025

54. Kumar, A., Agarwal, S., Dhawan, N., 2020, Processing of coal fly ash for the extraction of alumina values", Accepted Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, DOI: 10.1007/s40831-020-00275-6

53. Barnwal, A., Dhawan, N., 2020, Recycling of discarded mobile printed circuit boards for extraction of gold and copper, Accepted Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 25, e00164 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.susmat.2020.e00164

52. Singh, Y.P., Tanvar, H., Moreira, D., Dhawan, N., 2020, Processing of glauconitic siltstone for potash recovery", Accepted Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration DOI: 10.1007/s42461-020-00218-5

51. Barnwal, A., Dhawan, N., 2020, Physical processing of discarded integrated circuits for recovery of metallic values, Accepted JOM, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-020-04137-0

50. Shukla, N., Dhawan, N., Investigation of different processing routes for rare earth extraction from discarded tubular lights", Accepted, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy DOI: 10.1007/s40831-020-00273-8

49. Pindar, S., Dhawan, N., Comparison of microwave and conventional indigenous carbothermal reduction for recycling of discarded lithium ion batteries, Accepted Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals. 10.1007/s12666-020-01956-2 

48. Barnwal, A, Dhawan, N., 2020, Investigation of discarded printed circuit boards for recovery of copper values, Accepted JOM DOI:10.1007/s11837-020-04113-8

47. Subhnit K. Roy, Deepak Nayak, Nilima Dash, Nikhil Dhawan, and Swagat S. Rath, Microwave-Assisted Reduction Roasting-Magnetic Separation Studies of Two Mineralogically Different Low-Grade Iron ores, Int. J. Miner. Metall. Mater. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12613-020-1992-5

46. Barnwal, A, Dhawan, N., 2020, Recovery of copper values from discarded printed circuit boards Accepted Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals 10.1007/s12666-020-01916-w

45. Barnwal, A, Dhawan, N., 2020, Recovery of copper values from discarded random access memory cards via fluidization and thermal exposure, Journal of Cleaner Production 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.120516. Volume 256, 120516

44. Pindar, S., Dhawan, N., 2020, Recycling of mixed discarded lithium-ion batteries via microwave processing route" Sustainable Materials and Technologies, 25, 2020, e00157 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.susmat.2020.e00157

42. Tanvar, H., Dhawan, N., 2020, Kinetic and thermodynamic study of potassium recovery from silicate rocks, Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, DOI:10.1080/25726641.2019.1699360.

43. Kumar, A, Agrawal, S., Dhawan, N., 2019, Hydrometallurgical investigation of sericite clay for extraction of alumina and potash values under controlled conditions, Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, 37(3), 911-921. DOI: 10.1007/s42461-020-00183-z

41. Tanvar, H., Barnwal, A., Dhawan, N., 2020, Characterization and evaluation of discarded hard disc drives for recovery of copper and rare earth values, Accepted Journal of Cleaner Production. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119377

40. Tanvar, H., Shukla, N., Dhawan, N., 2020, Recycling of discarded tubular lights for recovery of rare earth values, JOM, 72(2), 823-830, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-019-03890-1

39. Rayapudi, V., Agrawal, S., Dhawan, N., 2020, Evaluation of carbothermal reduction for processing of banded hematite jasper ore, Powder Technology. 362, pp., 826-834. Doi:10.1016/j.powtec.2019.09.094

38. Rayapudi, V., Dhawan, N., 2019, Investigation of microwave reduction of low-grade banded iron ores, Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, DOI:10.1080/25726641.2019.1668662

37. Pindar, S., Dhawan, N., 2019, Carbothermal reduction of spent mobile phones batteries for the recovery of lithium, cobalt, and manganese values" JOM, 71(12), 4483-4491, DOI: 10.1007/s11837-019-03799-9

36. Rayapudi, V., Agrawal, S., Dhawan, N., 2019, Microwave-assisted carbothermal reduction of banded hematite jasper ore, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 5(4), 528-537. DOI: 10.1007/s40831-019-00244-8

35. Kumar, A, Tanvar, T, Dhawan, N., 2020, Processing of mica for extraction of alumina and potash values Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, 73(1), 23-33. DOI: 10.1007/s12666-019-01789-8

34. Barnwal, A, Dhawan, N., 2019, Evaluation of fluidization process for recovery of metals from electronic scrap", Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy 5(4), 519-527 (DOI: 10.1007/s40831-019-00242-w)

33. Kumar, R.S., Rayapudi, V., Dhawan, N., 2020, Recovery of iron values from discarded iron ore slimes, Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. 37(1), pp. 287-295 DOI: 10.1007/s42461-019-00119-2

32. Rayapudi, V., Dhawan, N., 2020, Processing of banded hematite quartzite ore for recovery of iron values, Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, 37, pp. 507–517 DOI: 10.1007/s42461-019-00117-4

31. Kumar, R.S., Dhawan, N., 2019, Thermal processing of spent Li‑ion batteries for extraction of lithium and cobalt-manganese values, Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals. (12):3035–3044. DOI: 10.1007/s12666-019-01769-y 72

30. Kumar, R.S., Vishvakarma, S., Barnwal, A., Dhawan, N., 2019, Processing of spent Li-ion batteries for recovery of cobalt and lithium values, JOM. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11837-019-03540-6  

29. Rayapudi, V., Agrawal, S., Dhawan, N., 2019, Optimization of microwave carbothermal reduction for processing of banded hematite jasper ore, Minerals Engineering, 138 (9), pp. 204-214.

28. Tanvar, H, Kumar, S., Dhawan, N., 2019, Microwave exposure of discarded hard disc drive magnets for recovery of rare earth values, JOM, 71(7), pp. 2345-2352.

27. Singh, Y., Tanvar, H, Kumar, G., Dhawan, N., 2019, Investigation of planetary ball milling of sericite for potash recovery, Powder Technology, 351, pp. 115-121.

25. Tanvar, H., Dhawan, N., 2020, Recovery of potash values from feldspar, Separation Science & Technology, 55(7), pp. 1398-1406, 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.

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

23. Vishvakarma, S., Dhawan, N., 2019, Recovery of Cobalt and Lithium Values from Discarded Li-Ion Batteries, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 5(2), pp. 204-209.

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.

21. Kumar, A., Tanvar, H., Pratap, Y., Dhawan, N., 2019, Evaluation of Mica as a Source of Potash, Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, 36(3), 547-555.

20. Kumar, G., Tanvar, H, Pratap, Y., Dhawan, N., 2018, Thermal and Mechanical Activation of Sericite for Recovery of Potash Values Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, 72(1), 17-25.

19. Rayapudi, V., Agrawal, S., Dhawan, N., 2019, Investigation of microwave exposure on beneficiation of low grade banded iron ore" Mining Metallurgy Exploration, 36 (2), pp. 327-334.  

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.

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.

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.

15. Jena, S.K., Dhawan N., Rao, D. S., B. Das, 2016, Extraction of potassium values from pyrophyllite mine waste, Separation science technology, 51 (2), 269–277.

14. Jena, S.K., Singh, S., Dhawan N., Rao, D. S., B. Das, 2015, Characterization and Removal of iron from Pyrophyllite ore for Industrial applications, Minerals & Metallurgical Processing, 32 (2), 102-110.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

4. 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.

3. 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.

2. 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.

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.