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Hanumantha Rao Kota

Hanumantha Rao Kota

Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Dr. Rao obtained his BSc in 1971 from Andhra Christian College, Guntur, at Andhra University and his MSc and PhD degrees in Applied Chemistry from the Faculty of Engineering at Jabalpur University, in 1974 and 1980, respectively. He worked at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad; Government Engineering College, Rewa; Regional Research Laboratory, Bhubaneswar, before joining the Division of Mineral Processing of Luleå University of Technology in Sweden in 1985. Dr. Rao became Docent and Full Professor in Mineral Processing at the Luleå University of Technology in 1992 and 2003, respectively. He has authored more than 165 scientific papers published in various international peer-reviewed high-impact journals and conference proceedings. He is a visiting professor at i) Laboratorie Environnment et Mineralurgie, Nancy, France, ii) Department of Metallurgy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, iii) Computational Solid State Chemistry, University of Bath, UK, iv) Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, USA, and v) School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia. He is a Member of SME/AIME and American Chemical Society, and the recipient of Arthur F. Taggart Award for the year 2000 from the SME/AIME, USA and the Distinguished Foreign Scientist Award in 2009 from the CSIR, India. Dr. Rao is also deputed to the European Commission, Directorate General-Research, Brussels, as Swedish National Expert and worked in the Unit of Industrial Technologies during 2001-2004. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of i) International Journal of Mineral Processing; ii) Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy Review, and iii) Journal of Powder Metallurgy and Mining. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the journals Minerals and Open Chemistry Journal. He has been serving as the Editor-in-Chief of The Open Mineral Processing Journal since its inception in 2008.

Research Interest

Dr. Rao research interests include surface and pulp chemistry of flotation; flotation of sulphide, industrial, silicate and iron minerals; molecular modelling; minerals bioprocessing and coal preparation