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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Focus of Research

Foto: FlexiPlant Illustration 2 ©Copyright: HZDR/Sander Münster

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.
Foto: Modelling of separation processes at HIF ©Copyright: HZDR/Detelev Müller

Particle Fate Modelling

The interdisciplinary Particle Fate Modelling group uses the full potential of modern raw materials characterization to not only bet­ter understand but also predict the behavior of particles in se­paration processes including its uncertainties.
Foto: Groundbreaking ceremony metallurgy plant Freiberg - guided tour 3D tomography ©Copyright: HZDR/Detlev Müller

Towards Reality in Resource Characterization (2D3D scopy)

Being able to characterize resources in 3D instead of the common 2D data would be a major breakthrough in minerals processing and metal extraction. We develop a new measuring routine and software which merge quantitative 2-dimensional data with 3-dimensional data. This allows for an unprecedented optimization of mineral reco­very and energy efficiency as well as the minimization of material residues.
Foto: Bohrkerne aus sächsischen Bergbauhalden ©Copyright: HZDR/ Detlev Müller


Alte Bergbauhalden können eine wichtige Rohstoffquelle sein. Sie enthalten noch erhebliche Mengen an Wertstoffen, nur waren diese früher technisch nicht gewinnbar oder für die Industrie uninteressant. Alle Aktivitäten, die sich mit der Ressourcengewinnung aus und der Wiederaufarbei­tung von Bergbauhalden befassen, werden als „ReMining“ bezeichnet. ReMining ist ein For­schungs­schwerpunkt am HIF.
Foto: Phagenpartikel als Werkzeug für die Identifizierung von metallspezifischen Peptiden ©Copyright: HZDR

Junior Research Group: BioKollekt

BioKollekt is a novel se­paration process that extracts metals from scrap, process waste or primary raw material mixtures using specially designed biological collectors. The method aims at enabling the cost- and energy-efficient recycling of complex mixtures, and more specifically fine particles.
Foto: Konturanalyse von Tropfen ©Copyright: HZDR/Detlev Müller


The FineFuture project researches new ways to exploit the reco­very of fine particle fractions in metalliferous raw materials. Se­parating ­very fine particles is important for the valorization of multiple mineral resources, for example nickel, kaolin, feldspar, talc and magnesite. With a particular focus on froth flotation, the project aims at enabling the development of groundbreaking ­techno­logies in the raw materials sector.
Foto: Non-invasive raw material exploration from the air ©Copyright: Robert Zimmermann

The future of raw material exploration in the EU: INFACT – Innovative, non-invasive and fully acceptable exploration ­techno­logies

The EU INFACT project aims at contributing to raw materials security in the European Union by way of invigorating Europe as a destination for exploration. The project partners envisage to change raw material exploration in a way that it becomes socially accepted, environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced.