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What's new at Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology?

Foto: Was ist zu tun, um aus rohem Erz Metalle herauszuholen? Dieser Frage gehen die gemeinsam von der Terra Mineralia und dem Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie (HIF) veranstalteten Workshops nach. (ref) ©Copyright: HZDR/Detlev Müller

Explore, analyze and process raw materials: Summer workshops with Freiberg scientists at terra mineralia

Freiberg’s terra mineralia exhibition is offering a new series of summer workshops for anyone interested in exploring, analyzing raw materials and enriching minerals; the series is being conducted in cooperation with the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), part of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, and other partners. All raw materials enthusiasts aged 12 and o­ver are welcome to take part. The first workshop takes place on Wednesday 28th June 2017.
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Foto: Duong Huu Hoang ©Copyright: TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Paper award for PhD student

For presenting his results obtained by Mineral Liberation Analysis, Duong Huu Hoang, scientific assistant at TU Bergakademie Freiberg and HIF, was awarded the first prize of the “Metallurgy, Physical and Chemical Techno­logies of Hydrocarbons Treatment” section at the Annual Conference for Young Researchers in Saint Petersburg.
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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.
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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

Copper mining with bioactive substances derived from bacteria

Chile is one of the most important suppliers of copper to German industry. Within the framework of the scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries, research is now being pursued into how Chilean copper ores can be extracted in a more environmentally sustainable way. Bioactive substances derived from bacteria may replace or reduce chemicals. A further aim is to increase metal yield while extracting metals that are traditionally difficult to se­parate out, in particular the molybdenum content. The joint project between Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) – part of HZDR – and the Advanced Mining and Technology Cen­ter at the Uni­versidad de Chile in Santiago de Chile began in February.
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Foto: EMerald Winter Business School 2017 ©Copyright: Bruno Michaux

Future raw materials experts from all o­ver the world attend win­ter school in Freiberg

The youngs­ters attending the Win­ter Business School (9th - 27th January 2017) come from Brazil, Colombia, China and India as well as many other parts of the world and have already graduated in subjects such as Geology, Mineral Engineering, Physics and Chemistry. They are united by a desire to identify solutions to the challenges faced by the raw materials industry and to obtain a European Master’s in Georesources Engineering. This includes a three-week win­ter school in Freiberg, Saxony. 18 students from the course are taking part.
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Foto: Hyperspectral remote sensing exploration in Greenland ©Copyright: Sandra Jakob

Raw material exploration 2.0

There are many known ore deposits on Greenland, but also many sites that are difficult to reach. An innovative ‘toolbox’ based on drone-borne methods as well as specialised compu­ter software could soon make the exploration of raw materials significantly easier. Researchers from Freiberg are hereby collaborating with the Geological Research Institute of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).
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