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Manoj Mohanty

Newmont Endowed Professor, Graduate Director


About the Newmont Endowed Professorship in Mining & Metallurgical Engineering

Newmont has generously supported the University for more than 50 years. Newmont established this endowed faculty position to recognize the importance of higher education in the academic areas critical to the minerals industry, as well as the Mackay School’s long and illustrious history as an institution that provides top-quality training for mining professionals. Established: 2003. (Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering)

Research Interests:

  •  Coarse particle flotation for enhanced gold recovery
  •  Biomining and phytomining of critical metals from secondary sources.
  •  Geopolymer concrete from coal ash
  •  AMD remediation using phytoremediation
  •  Sustainable mining
  •  Column flotation
  •  Enhanced gravity concentration
  •  Coal preparation plant optimization and development of plant simulators
  •  Process automation & control
  •  Dry particle separation


  • 07/2017- 07/2022: Department Chair and Newmont Endowed Professor, University of Nevada, Reno.
  • 5/2008-6/2017:  Professor, Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale, IL
  • 7/2005-5/2008:  Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL
  • 1/2000-6/2005:  Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL
  • 7/1998-10/1999: Senior Engineer, Process Development, Richwood Industries, Huntington, WV
  • 12/1994-6/1998: Researcher/Asst. Scientist, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
  • 11/1985-7/1991:  Assistant Manager/Safety Officer, MCL, Coal India Ltd., India    


  • Ph.D Engineering Science, SIU Carbondale, Illinois, 1997
  • M.S. Mining Engineering, SIU Carbondale, Illinois, 1993
  • B.S. Mining Engineering, NIT Rourkela India, 1985



  • Mohanty, M.K.; 2011. Advanced Froth Flotation Mechanisms and Systems; LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG; Dudweilier Landstratße 99, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany; ISBN 978-3-8454-2468-2.
  • Khanna, N and Mohanty, M.K., 2012. Performance Optimization of a Screen Bowl Centrifuge: Dewatering of Fine Coal; LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG; Dudweilier Landstratße 99, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany; ISBN 978-8453-3783-5.

    Journal Articles - selected (total number of peer reviewed journal articles 46)

  • Paija, N., Prabir Kolay, Manoj Mohanty and Sanjeev Kumar, 2020., Ground Bottom Ash Application for Conventional Mortar and Geopolymer Paste, J. Hazard. Toxic Radioact. Waste, 2020, 24(1): 04019025
  • Ackah, L., Rajesh Guru, Meisam Peiravi, Manoj Mohanty, Xingmao Ma, Sanjeev Kumar, Jia Liu, 2018; Characterization of Southern Illinois Water Treatment Residues for Sustainable Applications, Sustainability, Vol. 10, 1374; doi:10.3390/su10051374.
  • Akbari, H., L.A. Ackah, and M.K. Mohanty, 2018., Development of a New Fine Particle Dry Separator, Minerals and Metallurgical Processing, Vol. 35, No. 2; pp: 77-86.
  • Peiravi, M., Ackah, L., Guru, R., Mohanty, M. K, Liu, J., Xu, B., Zhu, X., and Chen, L., 2017; Chemical extraction of rare earth elements from coal ash, Minerals & Metallurgical Processing, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 170-177.
  • Mohanty, M.K.; B. Zhang, H. Wang, A. Mahajan, H. Akbari, Z. Bhasir, S. Ramamoorthy, J.C. Hirschi, 2014, Development and demonstration of an automation and control system for coal spirals, International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization, 34: 157-171.
  • Akbari, H., T. Heller, S. Shin, X. Yang, P. Kolay, S. Kumar and M.K. Mohanty, 2013, “Geopolymer-based Concrete to Reduce Carbon Foot-print of Concrete Construction Industry,” Mining Engineering, Vol. 65, No.12; pp: 57-62.
  • Zhang, B.J.; Akbari, H; Yang F., Hirschi, J., Mohanty M.K., 2011, Performance Optimization of the FGX Dry Separator Cleaning High Sulfur Coal, Special Issue on Dry Coal Beneficiation-International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization. Vol. 31, No. 3-4, pp. 161-186.
  • Zhang, B.J.; Akbari, H; Yang F., Hirschi, J., Latta P., Brodzik, P., Mohanty M.K., 2011, Evaluation of a New Fine Coal Cleaning Circuit using a Stack Sizer and Falcon Enhanced Gravity Concentrator, International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 78-95.
  • Mondal, K., and Mohanty, M.K., 2009, A theoretical Approach to Coal Flotation Washability Correlation, International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization, Vol. 29, No.3, pp. 140-151.
  • Huang Z., Mohanty, M.K., Sevim, H., Mahajan A., and Arnold, B., 2008, SIU-Sim: A novel coal preparation plant simulator, Mining Engineering, July, pp. 51-56.
  • Mohanty, M.K., Zhang, B., Khanna, N., Palit A., and Dube B., 2008, Screen-bowl centrifuge: A high-efficiency particle size separator, Minerals and Metallurgical Processing, Vol. 25, No.2, pp 61-67.
  • Mohanty, M.K., Samal, A.R. and Palit A., 2008; Evaluation of Enhanced Gravity Based Fine Coal Circuit for High Sulfur Coal, Minerals and Metallurgical Processing, Vol. 25, No.1, pp 13-18.
  • Gupta, V., Mohanty M.K., Mahajan A.M. and Biswal, S.K., 2007; Genetic Algorithms-A novel technique to optimize coal preparation plant, International Journal of Mineral Processing, 84, pp. 133-143.
  • Mohanty, M.K., 2007; Screen-bowl centrifuge dewatering process: A Parametric study, Physical Separation in Science and Engineering, doi: 10.1155/2007/70376.
  • Mohanty, M.K., Das, A. and Damron, B. 2007; Conversion of Coal Preparation Plant Fine Waste to a Fuel Feed-stock for Mine Mouth Power Plants, Mining Engineering, September, pp. 61-66.
  • Mohanty, M.K., Wang, Z., Gupta, V., Launius, D., Biswal, S.K., Kroeger, E.B., and Hirschi, J., 2005; In-Plant Testing of the Pansep Screen, Coal Preparation, Volume 25, No. 1, pp: 15-30.
  • Mohanty, M.K., Huang Z., Wang, Z. and Hirschi, J., 2005; Steel Belt Filter: A Suitable Technology for Dewatering Fine Clean Coal and Tailings, Coal Preparation, Volume 25, No. 1, pp: 1-14.
  • Mohanty, M.K., Palit, A., and Dube, B., 2002, “A Comparative Evaluation of New Fine Particle Size Separation Technologies,” Minerals Engineering, Vol. 15, pp. 727-736.
  • Mohanty, M.K., 2001, "In-Plant Optimization of a Full-Scale Jameson Flotation Cell,” Minerals Engineering, Vol. 14, No. 11, pp. 1531-1536.
  • Mohanty, M.K. and Honaker, R.Q., 1999, “A Comparative Evaluation of the Leading Advanced Flotation Technologies” Minerals Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 1-13.
  • Mohanty, M.K., Honaker, R.Q. and Govindarajan B., 1999, “Development of a Characteristic Flotation Cleaning Index for Fine Coal,” International Journal of Mineral Processing, Vol. 55, pp. 231-243.
  • Mohanty, M.K., Honaker, R.Q., and Ho, K., 1998, “Coal Flotation Washability: Development of an Advanced Procedure,” Coal Preparation, Vol. 19 pp. 51-67.


  • Mohanty, M.K. Mahajan, A.M., Wang, H. and Zhang, B., 2015, Automated System for Coal Spiral, US Patent No: 9,126,205B2. September 8.


  • Editor-in-Chief; International Journal of Mining, Materials, and
    Metallurgical Engineering (IJMMME) since 2016.
  • AIME/SME’s Mineral Industry Education Award-2019.
  • Chair, SME’s Coal & Energy Division 2019-2020
  • Chair, Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME)'s Research Council 2016-2018
  • Program Chair, SME' Coal & Energy Division, 2016-2017
  • Member, SME (Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc)'s Strategic Committee on Education and Professional Development 2013-2015
  • Editor-in-Chief; International Journal of Mining, Materials, and Metallurgical Engineering (IJMMME) since 2016.
  • Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Industrial Engineering since 2012; International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering since 2007; International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization (formerly, Coal Preparation) since 2002.
  • Outstanding Faculty of the College of Engineering, 2012, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Member, Board of Illinois Mining Institute; 2010-2013
  • Member, Board of Illinois Mining Institute; 2010-2013
  • Member, Advisory Board of International Coal Preparation Conference (Coal Prep) since 2010-2014.