Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
In the Department of Metallurgical Engineering of Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), the project work of Prime Minister’s Research Fellow (PMRF) Rohit Jha has been selected by a national committee, PMRF, among the best 51 PMRF projects among all engineering/science disciplines.
He received this honor at the two-day National Symposium-2023 of Prime Minister’s Research Fellows held on February 17 and 18 at IIT Madras last month. Further, this project work is selected among the best-5 PMRFs projects in Materials Science, and Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering.
Jha was the first-ever candidate selected as a prestigious PMRF (December cycle-6) candidate for pursuing his Ph.D. under Prof. Kamlesh Kumar Singh, Department of Metallurgical Engineering.
He explained that his work focuses on the hydrometallurgical route, employing Polymer Inclusion Membrane Sane (PIMs) to separate and recover gold, silver and copper etc., the electronic waste (e-waste). E-waste contains plenty of valuable metals along with environmental pollutants such as plastics and other hazardous materials.
The land filling and burning of toxic metals (lead, cadmium, and mercury, etc.) and other materials such as plastics, epoxy resins, etc. can drastically disturb human health and affect the surrounding flora, fauna, and the environment. Therefore, proper recycling of e-waste is absolutely necessary to protect the environment as well as to recover metals from these wastes in an environmentally sound manner. Recovery of metals from these secondary resources is the need of the hour to balance the supply and demand chain and also, to achieve the ultimate aim of the circular economy.
IIT-BHU Press release