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: First meeting with representatives of the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, where the HIF was accepted as a member of the "Center of Expertise for CE". ©Copyright: HZDR/HIF

HIF admitted to the "Cen­ter of Expertise for CE" at the Uni­versity of Jyväskylä

The scientific exchange between the two institutions will be intensified and is to be manifested in a cooperation agreement.
Foto: Prof. Andreas Pinkwart (Middle) with Dr. Simone Raatz (Adminstrative Manager) and Prof. Jens Gutzmer (Director of the institute) in the metallurgy pilot plant at HIF ©Copyright: HZDR/HIF

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart from Technische Uni­versität Dresden visited the HIF

Since March he is appointed for the chair of innovation and technology ­manage­ment at the Dresden uni­versity. Dr. Simone Raatz and Prof. Jens Gutzmer informed him about the research at HIF and the successfull spinn-offs. Moreo­ver, the visionaire circulareconomy project FlexiPlant was presented.


Foto: Flyer for the 18th Freiberg Short Course in Economic Geology ©Copyright: HZDR/HIF

Freiberg Short Course in Economic Geology, 11-15 December

The 18th Freiberg Short Course in Economic Geology will be held at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology from the 11th until the 15th of December with the focus on predictive geometallurgy. The block course consists of a series of lectures that are accompanied by practical exercises.


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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