Research Highlights

Read about the research happening in our department


Professor Jan Miller

Dr. Miller is perhaps best known for his research contributions associated with the processing of mineral and energy      resources including patents on the processing of oil sands, resin recovery from Utah coal and air-sparged hydrocyclone  technology. His work with Xuming Wang and Chen-Luh Lin, former students and current research professors in his  group, has launched a number of new areas of research in the field of mineral processing and applied surface and  colloid chemistry. The most significant has been the use of X-ray microtomography for the 3D characterization of  multiphase particles in mineral processing operations.

 Read about Dr. Miller's mineral processing research.

Professor Zak Fang

Dr. Zhigang Zak Fang's diverse research includes cemented tungsten carbide, metal hydrides for hydrogen and thermal energy storage and improved methods for titanium production.

Read the U.S. News & World Report article featuring his group's thermal battery.

Read about titanium production processes.

Professor Mike Free

Dr. Michael Free graduated from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah, became a faculty member in the department and now also serves as the Associate Department Chair. Dr. Free has been involved in many research projects as well as authoring two textbooks and numerous other publications. 

Read about research in his group by Dr. Sarswat on solar cells and LEDs from food waste.

Professor H. Y. Sohn

Dr. Hong Yong Sohn has been a faculty member in the Metallurgical Engineering department for almost 40 years. During this time, Dr. Sohn has authored hundreds of publications and won numerous awards in his area of expertise.  

Read more about Dr. Sohn's research interests and laboratory group.

Professor Michael Simpson

The Department of Metallurgical Engineering welcomes Dr. Michael Simpson to the faculty.  Dr. Simpson comes to us with over seventeen years of research experience at national laboratories.  His passion for the outdoors has led him to exciting areas of research with the hope of someday changing the way we produce energy while simultaneously protecting the environment.

Read more about Dr. Simpson's research and new laboratory.