Dr. Saeed Chehreh Chelgani earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering (2005) and his Master’s degree in Mining Engineering-Mineral Processing (2007). He started his Ph.D. study in 2010 at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Canada. During his work as Ph.D. student at UWO, he collaborated with Avalon and SGS to study the surface chemistry of niobium and rare earth minerals by using XPS, TOF-SIMS, and SEM-EDX. At UWO, Dr. Chelgani also collaborated with IAMGOLD and COREM (Niobec plant) to optimize the separation of Pyrochlore from other minerals. He was awarded the most prestigious scholarships in Canada (OGS & NSERC) to fund his Ph.D. work.
From July 2014 through July 2015, he continued his professional work as a senior scientist at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Rossendorf Research Center in Germany to get more experience in the separation of rare earth elements.
From August 2015 through June 2017, he collaborated with the University of Michigan (USAID project) as an adjunct professor. In this role, he prepared presentations according to syllabi and taught several courses, including Hydrometallurgy, Mineral and Coal Processing, Dry processing, Surface Chemistry, Applied Statistical Analysis, and Mathematical Modeling. Recently, he has started to work at the Luleå University of Technology as an Associate Professor.
The results of his scientific activities and industry-oriented research projects (more than 65 articles) have been published in prestigious journals, mostly by Elsevier and Springer Publishers.
Based on his high-quality, diverse background in mining, mineral processing, teaching, conducting research, and working in industry, he has collaborated with DHE Minerals as a research consultant in the field of Hydrometallurgy & Mineral Processing since December 2016.