Dr. Jens Gutzmer (PhD ZA)
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
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.


Foto: Dr. Andreas Klossek, COO EIT RawMaterials ©Copyright: HZDR/Detlev Müller

European Raw Material­s Network EIT RawMaterial­s receives funding for another seven years - HZDR and the HIF played a key role in setting it up

Since 2015, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has established a so-called Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for the raw materials sector - the EIT RawMaterial­s. After seven years, the results have now been rotationally assessed and positively evaluated. The EIT RawMaterial­s has developed into an important player in the raw materials sector in Europe and now networks more than 300 European institutions from the resources sector. In addition to the establishment of six Innovation Hubs, the European Raw Material­s Alliance ERMA was founded and six master's degree programs with EIT label degrees were developed. O­ver the next seven years, the KIC will focus on securing raw material supplies, closing material loops and developing material solutions that enable the transition to a carbon-neutral Europe.
Foto: Geoanalyses 2022 recap, ref ©Copyright: HZDR/Robert Möckel

Review GeoAnalysis 2022 in Freiberg

The Geoanalysis 2022 conference took place in Freiberg from 6th to 12th August, organized by the Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), TU Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF) and Eurofins Umwelt Ost GmbH Freiberg. Around 130 participants, speakers, pos­ter presenters and exhibitors from from all continents were hosted by the beautiful facilities of the Schloßplatzquar­tier­ of the TUBAF. Inviting organization was the International Association of Geoanalysts (IAG).


Foto: Flyer 2D3Dscopy workshop 2022, ref. ©Copyright: HZDR/HIF

The Future of 3D Characterization

The partners of the EIT Raw Material­s funded project 2D3Dscopy kindly invite you to "The Future of 3D Characterization" prior to the 2022 MEI conference in Process Mineralogy in November. The workshop will provide you with insides into the latest developments in 3D particle characterization and particle-based process optimization.


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.

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

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