Contact

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

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

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

Renate Seidel
Secretary
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4430
Fax: +49 351 260 - 4440

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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.

News

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For sustainable raw material exploration: Freiberg-based start-up TheiaX enters market with innovative mapping methods

With the increasing demand for high-tech metals by the industry, mining faces complex challenges. The sustainable supply of raw materials requires energy-efficient and socially acceptable methods with low environmental impact. At the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) belonging to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), researchers have developed novel, digital mapping methods for sustainable raw material exploration and extraction o­ver the past two years and brought them to market. The founding team of TheiaX is now offering these ­techno­logies to industry. The start-up is already the third spin-off of the Freiberg institute.
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Events

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Career Fair ORTE on June 9th, 2022

The event will be in presence. The program is currently under construction and will be published soon.
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PDAC Convention 13. - 15. June 2022

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

Foto: Video Screenshot Silver City Projekt ©Copyright: Spotlight Mining