Department of Fuel, Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering

About Department


Welcome to the Department of Fuel, Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering

The Department of FuelMinerals and Metallurgical Engineering is one of the oldest departments in the institute, established in 1976, to address the processing issues of metallic, non-metallic and fuel minerals.Keeping up with the recent research trends, industrial requirements and to facilitate high-end interdisciplinary research, Metallurgical Engineering was introduced to the department in the year of 2019. The department currently offers BTech program in Mineral and Metallurgical Engineering, two-years MTech and PhD programs in Fuel Engineering and Mineral Engineering. APhD program in Metallurgical Engineering is about to be introduced shortly. The department currently has fifteen full time faculty members, one visiting professor, one international visiting scientist and a number of supporting technical and administrative staff. Sixteen fully functional laboratories with state-of-the art research facilities are integral part of the department. The departmental facilities are supplemented by the Central Research Facility (CRF) and Central Workshop.There are at present thirty-three doctoral students and one post-doctoral fellow.

  • Vision and Mission:
  • The problems faced in mineral processing and process metallurgy industriesare multi-faceted; hence, the approaches and the solutions of the problems need creative minds and multidimensional research facilities. Keeping this as the goal, the department actively involves itself in addressing the issues faced by the industrythrough research in various areas of fuel, mineral and process metallurgical fields, namely, in Clean Coal Technology (CCT), Coal and Mineral Processing, Metallurgy and Bio-mass Application. The department functions with the mission to lead the country in the field of mineral, metallurgy and fuel, by providing capable technical manpower, advancing research directions and through technical consultancies to industrial partners.

  • Focus of Research:
  • The department conducts research in the entire spectrum of coal preparation,carbonisation and combustion, entire range of mineral processing and process metallurgy including agglomeration. Faculty members have expertise and considerable experience in the development of process flowsheets for coaland metallic and non-metallic minerals. The department has carried out several successfulresearchprojects funded by DST, Coal S&T, MoM, DBT, CSIR, MHRD, UGC, BRNS and Coal India R&D Board.Fully equipped laboratories for comminution, sizing and classification, characterization, dewatering, processing, agglomeration, hydrometallurgical and bio-mineral processing have facilitated the research works.Faculty members have contributed chapters in internationally acclaimedbooks, written monographs andcommunicated their research outcomes in internationally and nationally acclaimed journals. Several patents are obtained for inventions aiding industrial needs. The department currently has academic collaboration and linkage with IIT Guwahati, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur, CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar and Tata Steel R&D.

  • Knowledge Transfer:
  • The department is actively engaged in providing technical advisories and performing consultancy projects fora large number of international and domestic industrial partners. Some of these includeTata Steel, SAIL,BHEL, CESC, McNally Bharat, different subsidiariesof Coal India Ltd., NTPC, UCIL, CDE Asia, SGS, West Bengal Power Development Corporation, Delloite, PwC, etc. International firms like World Bank, USAID, Evalueserve, IMC Montan, XStrata Technologies Brisbane, Hera Group Barcelona, have also been providedwith technical advices. Since its inception, the department has been conducting Professional Development Programs (PDP), in-campus as well as offcampus for different levels ofexecutives on wide range of topics for industries dealing with CCT,Mineral Processing, Agglomeration, such asTata Steel, SAIL, CIL, HZL, McNally Bharat, M N Dastur, JSPL, Essar Steel, Fomento, Tega, CESC and others. The department has conducted more than sixty such programs till date.

    International Linkage

    The department has international links with the following universities:

    • University of Porto, Portugal
    • Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany
    • University of Edmonton, Canada
    • CSIRO, Australia
    • Curtin University, Australia
    • AGH University, Poland

    Beside this, the department regularly intake students from Africa and South Asia in M Tech and PhD Program. PDP programs had been held for Afghanistan and Mozambique Government officials.

  • Awards and Distinctions:
  • Number of faculty members has been laurelled with prestigious awards of GoI and various professional bodies. Faculty members have been members of editorial boards of prestigious SCI international and national journals.

    Notable Timelines:
    • 1976    Establishment of the Departments of Chemistry Fuel and Metallurgy
    • 1976    Introduction of MTech program in Mineral Engineering
    • 1977    Introduction of MTech program in Fuel Engineering
    • 1984    Retitling of department as Department of Fuel and Mineral Engineering
    • 1984    Introduction of B Tech program in Mineral Engineering
    • 2018    Establishment of Indo-Australian Centre for Clean Coal and Energy Technology
    • 2019    Renaming the department as Department of Fuel Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering
    • 2019    Retitling the B Tech program as Mineral and Metallurgical Engineering

For further details, please contact:

Head of the Department
Email: hod_fme@iitism.ac.in, fme@iitism.ac.in
Phone: +91-326-223-5276 (O),
Fax: +91-326-2296626

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