Research InterestsElectrodeposition for Energy; Electrometallurgy; Electrochemical phenomena in next-generation batteries, semiconductor devices, and sensors
Teaching InterestsChemical Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate Courses, e.g., Introduction to Chemical Systems, Transport Phenomena, Electrochemical Engineering; Corrosion Fundamentals; Mathematics for Chemical Engineers
Affiliated Department Research Areas
News About Rohan Akolkar
Electrochemical Society awards research prize to Rohan Akolkar for ‘enabling breakthrough advances in electrodeposition science and its industrial practice
Department of Energy’s ‘Earthshot’ initiative awards Case Western Reserve $1.1 million to help ‘decarbonize’ steel
A team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University is part of a national effort to “reimagine” steel production, developing an innovative and low-cost process that could replace blast furnaces for ironmaking. If successful, officials at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) believe the effort could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in steelmaking by as much 85%.
Case Western Reserve University electrochemical engineer Rohan Akolkar—whose pioneering research has applications in nano-material fabrication, energy storage, electrometallurgy and sensors—has been selected as the 2023 winner of an international award from The Electrochemical Society (ECS).
Case Western Reserve University chemical engineer Rohan Akolkar is leading a research team working to develop a new zero-carbon, electrochemical process to produce iron metal from ore. If successful, the project could be a first step toward eliminating harmful greenhouse gas emissions by eventually replacing century-old, blast-furnace ironmaking with a new electrolytic-iron production process.
Scientists developing climate-friendly method to process ‘rare earth’ minerals; could make U.S. less reliant on foreign metals
Case Western Reserve University research aligns with Biden Administration order to increase domestic sources for metals—especially for clean-energy uses
Rohan Akolkar In the News
Clean, electrically-driven process to separate commercially important metals from sulfide minerals in one step
MIT researchers have identified the proper temperature and chemical mixture to selectively separate pure copper and other metallic trace elements from sulfur-based minerals using molten electrolysis. This one-step, environmentally friendly process simplifies metal production and eliminates the toxic byproducts such as sulfur dioxide.