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
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Renate Seidel
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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: VECTOR's overall objective is to deliver evidence-based and accessible knowledge that integrates the scientific and social pathways to improved mineral exploration and mining. One of the main tools to achieve that is the machine learning-based integration of less invasive geological, geochemical and geophysical measurements. ©Copyright: HZDR/Scienseed

Improving mineral exploration efficiency in Europe

European project VECTOR with the focus on evidence-based and accessible knowledge that integrates scientific and social pathways to improve mineral exploration and mining
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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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EMerald Workshop Circular Economy 18. - 21. July 2022

Together with the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) at HZDR the TUBAF-Faculty of Business Administration invites researchers and practitioners interested in resources. The goal of this workshop is to introduce modern business principles to geoengineering academics and practitioners. Furthermore, it aims to fos­ter industry-oriented collaboration in the areas of geoengineering, resource technology and ­manage­ment. The Workshop is supported by EIT RawMaterial­s.
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GEOANALYSIS, 6. - 12. August 2022

The International Association of Geoanalysts invites you to the 11th international conference on the analysis of geological and environmental materials to be held in Freiberg, Germany. Scientific sessions and short courses will be organized in the facilities of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg as well as Eurofins. The program includes...


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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.

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

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