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

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

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

Vanessa Weitzel
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4404


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: REE (red) bearing carbonate rock ©Copyright: HZDR/Dr. Jose Godinho

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.
Foto: Cover Elements Magazine on Geometallurgy ©Copyright: Elements Magazine

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.


Foto: Wissenschaftsfestival ©Copyright: SPIN2030

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.
Foto: GOOD Meeting ©Copyright: HZDR/HIF

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.


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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