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Key Enabler for a Sustainable Circular Economy of Minerals and Metals

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 institute is a constituent part of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. It researches in the Resource Technology Topic within the Energy Efficiency, Materials, and Resources Program of the Helmholtz Association. HIF works in close collaboration with TU Bergakademie Freiberg and is a core member of the European EIT RawMaterials network, having played a decisive role in its establishment.


Foto: Dr. René Booysen, Scientist at Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology in the Exploration Department ©Copyright: HZDR/HIF

The color play of mineral resources: Dr. René Booysen receives the L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science for her exploration research

Dr. René Booysen researches the exploration of mineral deposits. At the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), belonging to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), she develops sensor-based exploration techniques to identify resources in a non-invasive way. Each year, the UNESCO and the Fondation L'Oréal honor femal researchers who have contributed to o­vercoming today´s global challenges. Booysen's exploration research addresses one of these challenges. For the scientific excellence of her work, the South African researcher receives the award within the regional program South Africa National Young Talents Programme.
Foto: Eva Kaili (left; Vice President of the European Parliament) and Anna Vanderbruggen at the award ceremony of the EIT CHANGE Award in Brussels ©Copyright: EIT/Gregory de Leeuw, photographer for David Plas Photography

Innovative graphite recycling awarded as top European innovation

Anna Vanderbruggen receives the EIT CHANGE Award for her revolutionary graphite extraction method which could decrease the environmental footprint of battery production
Each year, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) celebrates the entrepreneurial and societal achievements of its innovators. They are honored with the EIT Awards in four categories: CHANGE, Innovators, Venture and Women Leadership. Anna Vanderbruggen received the CHANGE Award for her innovative method on graphite recycling from used lithium-ion batteries. That´s also the topic of her PhD thesis she is working on at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), an institute of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).


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Mining Indaba 6. - 9. February 2023

The institute is going to presenting itself at the world's largest mining event in South Africa.
Foto: HIF is an exhibitor at PDAC 2023. ©Copyright: PDAC

PDAC Convention 5. - 8. March 2023

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is the leading voice of the mineral exploration and development community. With o­ver 7,200 members around the world, PDAC’s work centres on supporting a competitive, responsible mineral sector. PDAC is known worldwide for...


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FlexiPlant - Research Infrastructure for adaptive processing of complex raw materials

One of the challenges confronting our society today is the sustainable use of our resources. The concept of a circular economy, in which products, materials and componen­ts are reused and recycled within a loop, thus generating hardly any waste, is intended to meet this challenge. In order to reco­ver raw materials of all kinds (e.g. rare earth elements) in an energy-efficient and function-preserving way, it is necessary to develop a new generation of adaptive and flexible ­techno­logies and digital platforms for the processing and recycling. FlexiPlant will be a globally unique research infrastructure, to develop and test scientific models, methods and ­techno­logies for the mechanical processing of raw material in a pilot scale. The digitalization and automation of the processing system are required for transferring the processes to industrial scale. As an open transfer platform, FlexiPlant will provide a variety of research and cooperation opportunities for interested partners from academia, industry and society.

Resources for Germany´s future - Video on HIF´s activities within the Silver City Project

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