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.
Four more years of open access electron and x-ray microscope use for sustainability research
The EXCITE project (Electron and X-ray microscopy community for structural and chemical imaging techniques for Earth materials) has been bringing together the most important national and regional electron and X-ray microscopy facilities with European researchers from academia and industry at European level for four years in order to ensure their optimal use and joint development. Funding for the EXCITE network, in which the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) of the HZDR also provides its equipment, has now been extended under the name EXCITE² for four years by the European Union (EU). With a clear focus on the EU's sustainability goals, the microscopy equipment will now be available to researchers from all disciplines from April 2024 instead of just geoscientists.
From an idea to a published issue: new Elements Magazine on Geometallurgy
The HIF scientists Prof. Jens Gutzmer, Dr. Raimon Tolosana-Delgado, Dr. Lucas Pereira and Dr. Max Frenzel explain in their articles as guest editors the fundamental concepts relevant to Geometallurgy. Furthermore, the magazine review how current geometallurgical research is opening up opportunities for geoscientists to generate better economic and environmental outcomes for the global raw materials industry as part of a sustainable economy.
Meet the Scientist Dr. Franziska Lederer at the Science festival of SPIN2030 on March 8, 2024 in Dresden
The Saxon Ministry of Science invites to the Science Festival as part of its SPIN2030 campaign at the Technische Sammlungen Dresden on March 8 and 9, 2024. Over two days, various institutions from Saxony as a land of science will present themselves with exhibits, workshops, films, science slams and innovative formats such as "Meet A Scientist". Dr. Franziska Lederer from the Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology will explain how protein fragments recycle electronic waste.
8th GOOD Meeting 2024 from 17th – 18th March 2024 in Freiberg
We cordially invite young researchers in economic geology to the 8th GOOD (Geology of ore deposits) Meeting at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Ressource Technology (HIF). The meeting aims to connect young professionals working in Germany, including Bachelor, Master, and PhD students, as well as early career postdocs. It will provide an informal opportunity for participants to discuss their research and ideas with others working on similar topics.
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.