The Division is actively involved in fundamental research, providing technical services to various industrial needs, solving industrial problems as well as developing new technology or product for commercial exploitation. The research activities are broadly categorized as :
- Iron and Steel Making Research with emphasis on Lean grade/ Processig Wastes, Thermo-chemical simulation studies
- Non Ferrous Metal extraction by Harnessing the Primary, Secondary and Lean Grade Resources
- Valorization of Industrial waste and Secondary Resources for Economic Solutions to Pollution-Problems
Ironmaking and steel making includes innovation in the agglomeration of iron ore fines and ferruginous wastes, alternate routes for the production of direct reduced iron and quality improvement in ferroalloys. Harnessing of secondary and lean grade resources comprises of extraction of non-ferrous metal values and extraction of strategic as well as rare earth metals. Valorization of wastes involves value addition/extraction from all types of industrial wastes. The division is fully equipped for Ferrous-Non Ferrous Extractive metallurgy including Pyro-Hydro-Electro-Bio Metallurgy along with various kinds of waste utilization and Secondary Resources Utilization facilities.
Major Research areas in Metal Extraction and Recycling Division at CSIR-NML are:
- Ferrous Processing
- Non-Ferrous Processing
- Secondaries and Resource utilization
Ferrous Processing Group involves with all the ferrous extraction related area such as raw materials preparation and their characterization, iron making through conventional and alternate routes, steel making, reduction smelting, ferro-alloy making etc.
The Non-ferrous Process Group (NFP Group) is primarily involved in research and development activities on the extraction of non-ferrous metals from primary and secondary resources.
The Secondaries & Resource Utilization Group is a multidisciplinary group providing practical, economical and technically innovative solution for mineral, metallurgical and other industrial wastes and secondaries.