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


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Contact: Anne-Kristin Jentzsch (Press officer at HIF), Phone: +49 351 260 4429

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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: Metals and minerals are indispensable for a new energy system. To build and sustain this system, complex metal deposits must be mined with maximum efficiency and minimum environmental impact. Lucas Pereira of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) did his doctoral research on particle-based separation models and applied machine learning to improve the understanding and prediction of mineral processing. Helmholtz President Otmar D. Wiestler (right) presented the award in Berlin. ©Copyright: David Marschalsky

Improvement of mineral processing - Helmholtz Association recognizes HZDR-scientist with Doctoral Award

The energy transition, more and more high-tech products, but also supply bottlenecks are putting domestic mining back into the focus of raw material extraction. But, most of the easily exploitable high-grade deposits have already been depleted. For the future, the mining sector will have to efficiently produce metals and minerals from low-grade orebodies with complex mineralogical and microstructural properties. To estimate the resources and reserves contained in a deposit, and to evaluate the potential reco­very, modelling tools that are reliable and robust are necessary. Dr. Lucas Pereira from the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) belonging to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, developed modelling techniques of reco­very processes, more specifically mineral se­paration processes, suited to complex ores. The Helmholtz Association recognizes his thesis with the Doctoral Award in the energy research field for its creative excellence.
Foto: The winner of the HZDR Communication Award 2022 Dr. Anna Vanderbruggen (middle) with the scientific director Prof. Sebastian M. Schmidt and the adminstrative director Dr. Diana Stiller ©Copyright: HZDR/André Wirsig

HIF scientist Dr. Anna Vanderbruggen receives HZDR Communication Award

Recycling used batteries and especially the graphite they contain is Dr. Vanderbruggen's research focus. Her concern is not only to increase the amount of recycled graphite, but also to report on the important topic of battery recycling. She has now received an award for her science communication.
Foto: Visit of EU Parliamentarian Cornelia Ernst at HIF (f.l.t.r.: Anne-Kristin Jentzsch, Cornelia Ernst, Dr. Simone Raatz, Gina Nattke, Prof. Gerald van den Boogaart, Volker Recksiek, Dr. Laura Tusa) ©Copyright: HZDR/HIF

EU Parliamentarian Cornelia Ernst informs about critical raw materials at HIF

The recently published Critical Raw Material­s Act (CRMA) of the European Commission aims to strengthen all stages of the European value chains for critical raw materials. The further process of the CRMA is accompanied by EU Parliamentarian Cornelia Ernst as shadow rapporteur, for which she also visited the HIF as part of her raw materials tour.
Foto: The Car2Car project is developing dismantling and sorting processes for the reuse of raw materials contained in end-of-life vehicles. ©Copyright: BMW AG

From scrap to raw material - Car2Car project develops ­techno­logies for an optimized recycling of end-of-life vehicles

The pressing supply risk of raw materials along with increased environmental awareness put end-of-life vehicles into the spot light of recycling as a valuable source for raw materials. In the Car2Car project, a consortium of automotive industry, recyclers and scientists addresses the challenges of closing material loops. The focus lies on increasing the quality of the secondary raw materials from end-of-life vehicles by means of innovative dismantling and automated, accurate detection and processing solutions. The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, an institute of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), contributes its expertise in material recognition using spectroscopy-based sensor technology together with efficient data processing solutions. Through improved recycling products, the Car2Car project aims to increase the proportion of secondary materials in new vehicles as a prerequisite for closing material loops in a circular economy.
Foto: Plasma furnace for metallurgical research activities ©Copyright: Tetronics Technologies Limited

Metallurgical research on critical raw materials receives significant boost - Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology receives plasma furnace to develop new and optimize existing recycling ­techno­logies for a bet­ter Circular Economy

The department of process metallurgy of the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) focuses on the energy and recycling challenges. It deals with the designing, development and linking of metallurgical process chains and systems. These approaches can provide balanced material and energy requirements, mitigated energy losses and environmental impact of the Circular Economy system. To expand the metallurgical research activities the institute of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) receives a plasma furnace from the British company Tetronics for treatment of metallurgical ores & secondary resources.
Foto: Dr Ajay Patil, Department Leader Process Metallurgy at Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology ©Copyright: privat

New Department Lea­der Process Metallurgy at Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology

In the log term Dr Ajay Patil focus on establishing a competence cen­ter in process metallurgy and circular economy of critical raw materials and technology metals
Foto: European researchers with participation of scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) within the TripleLink project created a software-based solution of existing and new developed software packages to overcome limitations and create opportunities for the implementation of circular strategies by industry and policy-makers. ©Copyright: HZDR/Detlev Müller

Software solution for a bet­ter circular economy: Improved decision-making tool for a more complete production and product assessment

Saving energy and raw materials as well as reducing environmental impacts is as urgent as ne­ver before. That´s why consumers and suppliers alike seek to understand how to get reliable material, production, or recycling ­information to make better-informed designing and purchasing decisions for a circular economy. European researchers with participation of scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) within the TripleLink project created a software-based solution of existing and new developed software packages to o­vercome limitations and create opportunities for the implementation of circular strategies by industry and policy-makers.