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

Secretary: Vanessa Weitzel
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: Dr. Lukas Körber and Dr. Anna Vanderbruggen receive Helmholtz Doctoral Prizes 2024 from Helmholtz President Prof. Otmar Dr. Wiestler ©Copyright: David Marschalsky

Two times top-level research: Helmholtz Association recognizes HZDR scientists with doctoral awards

The Helmholtz Association awarded Dr. Lukas Körber and Dr. Anna Vanderbruggen its doctoral prizes in the fields of mat­ter and energy in Berlin on Monday, April 29. They received the prizes for their outstanding doctoral theses, which they completed at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology at HZDR. In her research approach, Vanderbruggen uses a proven method to return the graphite from used batteries, which has hardly been recycled to date, to the material cycle. Körber's work contributes to a deeper understanding of magnetic spin waves, which are significant for various future ­techno­logies. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros. Additionally, the Helmholtz Association supports stays abroad of up to six months with a monthly grant of 2,000 euros.
Foto: Graphite recycling of lithium-ion batteries - REF ©Copyright: B. Schröder / HZDR

Keeping power in the cycle: Tests confirm quality of purified graphite from used lithium-ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries have become an integral part of e­veryday life. The number of used batteries is correspondingly high. They contain considerable amounts of important raw materials such as graphite. Recycling this mineral for being reused for new batteries with the same performance is an important goal. Researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm and the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have now demonstrated that a graphite recycling technology is successful as intended. In tests, the purified graphite showed excellent capacity retention com­parable to pristine commercial anode-grade graphite.


Foto: 75. Berg- und Hüttenmännischertag ©Copyright: TUBAF

recomine alliance on June 5, 2024 at 75. BHT

The BHT - FREIBERGER UNIVERSITÄTSFORUM serves the professional exchange between science, economy and society. In se­veral specialist colloquia, participants discuss issues relating to resource extraction and processing, and they learn about current research from all faculties. The recomine alliance will present itself in a specialist colloquium on June 5, 2024.


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: FlexiPlant

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