Prof. Dr. Jens Gutzmer (PhD ZA)
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4400

Secretary: Vanessa Tschorn
Phone: 0351 260 - 4404

PD Dr. Simone Raatz
Administrative Manager
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4747

Sekretary: Louise Schulze
Phone: 0351 260 - 4403

Anne-Kristin Jentzsch
Press Officer
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4429

Renate Seidel
Secretary of the Institute
Phone: 0351 260 - 4430


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: Since March 2024 Dr. Soniya Dhiman researches as a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) on the recovery of strategically important metals. ©Copyright: privat

Career boost for Marie Curie Fellow - Dr. Soniya Dhiman expands her research expertise in the reco­very of metals

Dr. Soniya Dhiman has been a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) since March 2024. The Indian researcher is working in the biotechnology department of the HZDR Institute on the development of ­techno­logies for the economic and ecological reco­very of indium, gallium and germanium from industrial waste. The scholarship from the European Marie-Skłodowska-Curie funding program supports researchers holding a PhD who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers in order to achieve excellence in research.
Foto: The Chelopech mine in Bulgaria, located around 75 kilometers east of the capital Sofia, is operated by the Canadian mining company Dundee Precious Metals, and is a large copper and gold producer. ©Copyright: Dundee Precious Metals

Freiberg geoscientists successful at global Future Explorers Challenge

The Freiberg team gained the second place in a challenge organized by a Canadian mining company for its innovative approach to predicting further gold and copper ore bodies around the Chelopech Mine.


Foto: Short Course Economic Geology ©Copyright: HIF

Freiberg Short Course in Economic Geology

Interested in Critical Raw Material­s? An entire week is dedicated to this topic during 19th Freiberg Shortcourse in Economic Geology ‘Critical Raw Material­s: A Global Perspective’ with Judith Kinnaird and Paul Nex, Uni­versity of Witwatersrand, SA, from Dec 9-13th 2024 at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology


Foto: FlexiPlant Illustration 2 ©Copyright: HZDR/Sander Münster

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.

Flexible Processing for the Future:

Foto: Logo FlexiPlant ©Copyright: HZDR/HIF

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