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Foto: Kristallaggregat von Kupferkies, Bleiglanz, Zinkblende und Kalkspat; enthält u.a. Indium, Germanium und Silber. ©Copyright: Jürgen JeibmannHigh tech needs them to survive: Germanium, gallium, indium, or elements belonging to the rare-earths group. Without them, it would be impossible to build important components for solar cells, flat-screen televisions, or electric motors. Yet the demand for these trace metals is higher than their technological availability, which is why global competition has ensued for these strategic economic resources. Germany as a high tech country has to play an active role to ensure a sustained and stable supply of metalliferous resources to the global economy.

In order to advance and promote the development of technologies for the efficient and effective use of mineral resources, Germany’s Federal Government has founded the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. The new institute is to make a vital contribution towards implementing the national strategy on raw materials. At the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg, experts from diverse research fields are working together on new technologies in order to obtain and provide metalliferous resources. Research is conducted on a broad range of topics – with a specific focus on processing, refining, and recycling. Central issues revolve around raw materials and energy efficiency as well as environmental protection – all within the scope of a more efficient and environmentally friendly value creation in the minerals business.

With innovative technologies, the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg wishes to help establish long-term relationships to countries that contribute to the supply of metalliferous resources to the global economy. The institute is also involved in the development of programs for the education and training of young scientists and technologists who will apply these new technologies.


  • Developing of new technologies for safeguarding the long-term supply of critical raw materials from domestic and global sources
  • Contribution to global environmental protection through material and energy efficieny
  • Establishing long-term economic networks with resource-driven countries
  • Developing of opportunities for general and continuing education and training


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    Repeated catastrophic valley infill following medieval earthquakes in the Nepal Himalaya
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  • Frenzel, M.; Tolosana-Delgado, R.; Gutzmer, J.
    Assessing the supply potential of high-tech metals - A general method
    Resources Policy 46(2015)2, 45-58
  • Kostudis, S.; Bachmann, K.; Kutschke, S.
    Leaching of copper from Kupferschiefer by glutamic acid and heterotrophic bacteria
    Minerals Engineering 75(2015), 38-44
  • Osbahr, I.; Krause, J.; Bachmann, K.
    Efficient and accurate identification of platinum group minerals by a combination of Mineral Liberation Analysis and Electron Probe Microanalyser with a new approach of offline overlap correction of Platinum Group Elements Concentrations
    Microscopy and Microanalysis 21(2015)5, 1080-1095
  • Rudolph, M.; Peuker, U. A.
    Hydrophobicity of Minerals Determined by Atomic Force Microscopy – A Tool for Flotation Research
    Chemie Ingenieur Technik 86(2014)6, 865-873

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