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Vivek Utgikar Earns Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Fellowship

January 13, 2023

Vivek Utgikar Earns Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Fellowship

Chemical Engineering Professor Vivek Utgikar recently earned Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Fellowship. Recognized by senator and former Idaho representative Mike Crapo, the grant supports teaching, research or a combination of both.

Utgikar’s research involves an innovative process for the recovery of rare earth elements from electrical and electronic waste, or e-waste. Experimental investigations are being conducted to verify the technical feasibility, economic viability and environmental impact of the process. The process recovers critical materials resources consisting of rare earth metals for use in future electronic products, remediating the environment and reducing impact on economies affected by supply chain shortages. The research will seed future collaborations between U.S. and Indian researchers to tackle global challenges in the critical materials resource recovery and environmental remediation arenas.

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