Contact

Prof. Jens Gutzmer
Director
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4400
j.gutzmer@hzdr.de

Prof. Markus Reuter
Director

Phone: +49 351 260 - 4411
Phone: +49 160 94929014
m.reuter@hzdr.de

Renate Seidel
Secretary
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4430
Fax: +49 351 260 - 4440
r.seidel@hzdr.de

Christian Christesen
Assistant to the Directors
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4402
c.christesen@hzdr.de

Manuela Wagner
Administration
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4401
manuela.wagner@hzdr.de

Media Contact

Anja Weigl
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4427

Office hours: Mon-Wed, Fri, 9am-2pm

a.weigl@hzdr.de

Publications

Raw material ‘criticality’—sense or nonsense?

M Frenzel, J Kullik, MA Reuter, J Gutzmer; Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 50 (12), 123002

Fairphone's Report on Recyclability

based on a study by A v Schaik and MA Reuter (2017)

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The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) pursues the objective of developing innovative technologies for the economy so that mineral and metalliferous raw materials can be made available and used more efficiently and recycled in an environmentally friendly manner. The HIF was founded in 2011, belongs to Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and is cooperating closely with TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

The institute belongs to the Energy Efficiency, Materials, and Resources Program of the Helmholtz Association and to the Resource Technology Topic, respectively.


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Foto: Kickoff MULSEDRO-Projekt Startseite ©Copyright: HZDR/ Detlev Müller

EU supports innovation and sustainable mineral exploration

The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), which is part of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, will receive a grant of approximately €900,000 o­ver the next three years to support the development of new ­techno­logies for the environmentally and socially sustainable as well as efficient exploration of natural resources. The EU funding will be made available by EIT RawMaterials, which is supported by the European Insitute of Innovation and Technology, and has already been earmarked for three new projects. The researchers are seeking to advance drone-based exploration and other innovative exploration methods. More
Foto: Flotation: 3D visualization (crop). Flotation is commonly used to separate metals from crude ore. During flotation, the finely ground ore is mixed with water. The addition of chemicals makes the ore particles differentially wettable; valuable substances are extracted while worthless particles are left behind. The valuable substances are attached to air bubbles, transported upwards and can thus be separated. ©Copyright: HZDR/ 3D Kosmos

Kupferbergbau mit bioaktiven Stoffen aus Bakterien

Chile ist einer der wichtigsten Kupferlieferanten für Deutschland. Im Rahmen der Wissen­schaftlich-Technologischen Zusammenarbeit bei­der Län­der wird nun untersucht, wie sich chilenische Kupfererze umwelt­verträglicher aufbereiten lassen. Aus Bakterien gewonnene bioaktive Stoffe sollen Chemikalien ersetzen oder ­verringern. Ein weiteres Ziel ist es, die Metallausbeute zu steigern sowie schwer abtrennbare Metalle herauszulösen. Insbesondere das in den Erzen enthaltene Molybdän soll gewinnbar werden. Die Kooperation zwischen dem Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Res­sourcen­tech­no­logie (HIF), das zum HZDR gehört, und dem Advanced Mining and Technology Cen­ter an der Uni­versidad de Chile in Santiago de Chile begann im Februar. More

Trace Metals for a Healthy Economy

High tech needs them to survive: Gallium, indium, and other rare metals. But also such rare earth metals as scandium, yttrium, or lanthanum. Without them, it would be impossible to build solar cells and electrical engines for cars and wind turbines. 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 mineral and metalliferous raw materials 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 (HIF). The new institute is to make a vital contribution towards implementing the national strategy on raw materials.


Visions & Aims

  • New technologies for utilization of mineral and metal containing resources from complex domestic and foreign deposits
  • Contribution to global environmental protection by means of material and energy efficient extraction and use of raw materials
  • Economic networks between Germany and resource countries based on sustainable technologies provided to German industry by the Helmholtz Institute
  • Training of new generation of highly qualified academic and technical staff for German industry and academia

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Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
Chemnitzer Str. 40, 09599 Freiberg, Germany

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