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Foto: Mikroorganismen im Erzbergbau ©Copyright: HZDR/ Sander Münster

Tailings as Raw Material Storage for Copper and Building Materials: The German-Polish research project NOMECOR has begun

Copper and other non-ferrous metals cannot be fully broken down in mines, and residues of the valuable metals remain even after the metallurgical processes that follow. Residues are stored on tailings. The new German-Polish research project NOMECOR has two aims, namely to reclaim the metals as well as to make the mineral components of the tailings usable for cement production. The Federal Ministry for Research and Education is funding the research project for three years with approximately 500,000 euros. This is coordinated by the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) at HZDR as well as the Polish Institute for Non-ferrous Metallurgy (IMN).
Foto: German Resource Research Institute - GERRI ©Copyright: GERRI

The German Resource Research Institute (GERRI) goes online

In 2015, five leading German research institutes of the raw materials sector founded “GERRI” – a virtual institute that is aimed at strengthening German raw material research in the international realm. The “German Resource Research Institute“ has now reached an important stage recording, categorizing and publishing the national competencies and infrastructures of its founding partners in a database (
Foto: Eröffnung des EIT RawMaterials - Regional Center Freiberg ©Copyright: TU Bergakademie Freiberg/ Detlev Müller

Official opening of the EIT RawMaterials – Regional Cen­ter Freiberg

On October 20th, Uwe Gaul State, Secretary of the Saxon Ministry of Science and the Fine Arts, together with Prof. Dr. Klaus-Die­ter Barbknecht, Rector of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, officially inaugurated the EIT RawMaterials – Regional Cen­ter Freiberg. The Regional Cen­ter Freiberg is to assist Freiberg’s scientific institutions with networking across the region as well as supporting the academic education within the raw materials sector.
Foto: Gruppenfoto (von links nach rechts): Prof. Holger Lieberwirth (Institut für Aufbereitungsmaschinen/ IAM), Tom Leistner (HIF), Gerhard Merker (Gmünden), Bent Babel (HIF), Michael Klichowicz (IAM), Prof. Gerald van den Boogaart (HIF), Prof. Urs Peuker (Mechanische Verfahrenstechnik und Aufbereitungstechnik/ MVTAT), Dr. Thomas Mütze (MVTAT), Robert Hartmann (Oulu), Lutz Wuschke (MVTAT/IAM), Dr. Thomas Leißner (MVTAT), Nathalie Sterbik (HIF) und Dr. Martin Rudolph (HIF). ©Copyright: Dr. Martin Rudolph

Young Author Award of the International Mineral Processing Congress goes to Freiberg research cooperation project

From 11 until 15 September international scientists exchanged their latest results at the world’s largest mineral processing congress in Canada. Researchers from Freiberg took part presenting a successful collaboration project which earned a “Young Author Award”.
Foto: Sandra Jakob ©Copyright: HZDR

Best Paper Award given to Sandra Jakob of the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology

Sandra Jakob of the exploration division of HZDR's Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology is the recipient of the Best Paper Award given for her lecture at the „8th Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing“; her coauthors are Robert Zimmermann and Dr. Richard Gloaguen.
Foto: Max Frenzel ©Copyright: HZDR/Scheufler | Förster Wissenschaftskommunikation

Annual Production of Gallium und Germanium could be much higher

The global supply potential of the high-tech metals gallium and germanium is much grea­ter than actual annual production levels. This is the main conclusion from Max Frenzel’s work. Frenzel, a postgraduate student at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), which closely cooperates with the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, is one of two recipients of the Bernd Rendel Prize for Geosciences 2016. The prize, awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), will be presented on 28th September at the annual conference of the German Geological Society (DGGV) in Innsbruck.
Foto: Staff summer party at Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology on 25 August 2016 ©Copyright: Anja Weigl

Happy Birthday, Bon Anni­versaire, Felicitaciones! Staff celebrate 5th anni­versary

On 25 August 2016 the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology saw its first staff summer party at its new headquarters in Freiberg. And there was another reason for celebration since it has been five years now that the Helmholtz Institute was founded back then on 29 August 2011.
Foto: RJ Companero (Philippines) and Sibele do Nascimento (Brazil) have specialized in georesources engineering, accomplishing their master theses in Freiberg. ©Copyright: Anja Weigl

Georesources engineering students accomplish their work in Freiberg

Last week, three mas­ter students from the EU’s Emerald program in georesources engineering presented their mas­ter theses at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg (HIF). During the past six months, the students have accomplished their work at the HIF and the Institute for Mechanical Process Engineering and Mineral Processing (MVTAT) of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
Foto: Supernova Zentrum Casa ©Copyright: NASA/CXC/SAO

Disco­very of a time-resolved supernova signal in Earth’s microfossils

Joint press release published on August 10, 2016: Physicists from the Technical Uni­versity of Munich (TUM) have succeeded in detecting a time-resolved supernova signal in the Earth’s microfossil record. As the group of Prof. Shawn Bishop could show, the supernova signal was first detectable at a time starting about 2.7 Million years ago. According to the researcher’s analyses, our solar system spent one Million years to transit trough the remnants of a supernova. Also involved in the project were researchers at HZDR's Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology.
Foto: Drone ©Copyright: HZDR

Experts from Saxony Assist Raw Material Exploration in Greenland

The technical expertise of the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) has been requested to support mineral exploration of zinc deposits in West Greenland. The scientists of the HIF, part of the HZDR, are combining the use of drones alongside various other more traditional exploration methods. The aim of this project is to produce high-resolution geological maps of two remote areas of approximately 15 km2 each.

MinenfahrzeugAn outlook on the rare earth elements mining industry

How learning from the mistakes of the past can contribute to building a strong global rare earth elements supply chain; new April´s feature in the AutIMM Bullitin by George Barakos and Professor Jens Gutzmer (Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology) and Professor Helmut Mischo University (TU Bergakademie Freiberg). Read more
Foto: Beispiel für die expandierenden Überreste einer Supernova: Keplers Supernova explodierte in 13.000 Lichtjahren Entfernung im Sternbild Schlangenträger (Ophiuchus). Sternengucker wie der berühmte Astronom Johannes Kepler konnten sie schon vor 400 Jahren beobachten. ©Copyright: NASA, ESA, R. Sankrit and W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University) / CC BY 3.0

Supernovae Showered Earth with Radioactive Debris

An international team of scientists has found evidence of a series of massive supernova explosions near our solar system, which showered the Earth with radioactive debris. The scientists found radioactive iron-60 in sediment and crust samples taken from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Foto: Separating non-valuable rock from the ore at the earliest possible stage minimizes costs and rubble in further processing of raw materials. ©Copyright: TUBAF / Detlev Müller

Sustainable Processing of Rare Earths: HZDR scientists develop environmentally friendly strategy for Vietnam

Researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology are developing a new strategy for processing the Vietnamese “Nam Xe” rare earth ore deposits in an environmentally friendly and economical manner. Optical sensors are to be employed for the first time in this endeavor. The recently initiated project, in cooperation with the UVR-FIA GmbH, is part of the CLIENT funding measure. Through this measure, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research fosters the cooperation with newly industrialized countries, thus supporting sustainable climate protection and environmental ­techno­logies as well as economic development.

Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie auf der PDAC 2016Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology at leading exploration convention in Canada

Between March 6 and 9, 2016 the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) participates in the world’s leading Convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration, the PDAC2016. The institute aims at strengthening its contacts to partners from international science and industry.