New Faculty: Rohan Jain

Research Interest: Circular economy, bio-economy, waste-to wealth technologies, scaling up of technologies, mining industry, bioremediation

For Rohan Jain it is back to college again. After clearing the JEE exam in 2003, he had joined the Biochemical Engineering department in IIT Delhi.

His Master thesis was centered around wastewater treatment. Today after nearly a decade-and-a half- he is back in the institute—this time swapping his student seat with that of a faculty.

After his B.Tech Rohan joined a management consultant firm that specializes in the R&D department of the pharmaceutical industry. His work mainly revolved around operational excellence and resource management.

“It was a good exposure for me and I learnt how to work in a professional environment.”

He later went to Paris to pursue an 11 month research internship in synthetic biology followed by a PhD from the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering in Delft, Netherlands. His doctoral work was sponsored by the European Commission and revolved around selenium remediation and recovery.

Rohan did his first post doctoral from Tampere, Finland on the recovery of uranium with a focus on mining wastewater treatment. His second post doctoral was from Dresden, Germany on the recovery of gallium, indium and rare earth elements.

His future research area will focus on resource recovery—developing translational technologies besides delving into the commercial aspect of research including transportation of technology from the lab to industry.

“Teaching is something that is new for me and I am finding it extremely refreshing. The institute is known to meso it makes my life easier” feels Rohan about sitting or rather standing on the other side of class room.

In the word outside lab and research, Rohan likes to play badminton and squash. He is also planning to start playing football.