Dr. Ahmad Hassanzadeh has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a European Union-founded project (HARARE) in the field of waste valorization, metallurgy and mineral processing. Ahmad intends to selectively separate finely disseminated iron-oxide minerals and calcite using conventional and innovative physical and physicochemical techniques. Through this, Ahmad will introduce sustainable solutions to the metallurgical treatment of Al industry with low CO2 emission and favorable circular economy.
Ahmad has a BSc. in Mining Engineering (Exploration) from Sahand University of Technology (Iran) and pursued his MSc. and PhD. in Mineral Processing at Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman (Iran) and Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). For almost three-years he industrially worked as a process engineer for National Iranian Copper Industries Co (NICICO) and later spent six months as a researcher at Montan University of Leoben (Austria) when he was awarded the Erasmus Exchange Program in 2016. Ahmad moved to Germany in 2017, worked a research associate (Post-Doc) at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). He has published more than 35 peer-reviewed scientific articles (h-index 13, citation 503) in high-prestigious journals in the last five years and won 2020 MEI Young Person´s Award as well as Minerals Travel Award 2020. Since 2019, he is an editor in Physicochemical Problems of Mineral Processing journal. Ahmad speaks five languages fluently as Persian, German, Turkish, English and Azerbaijanian (his mother tongue).
He loves travelling, meeting, socially and culturally interacting with new people, tasting brand new meals and learning some languages while chatting on fascinating scientific themes. He loves playing chess physically or virtually and plying football as his favorite sport in his leisure time.