The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres pursuing new insights that will allow us to maintain and improve all of our lives. That is why the HZDR conducts research in the sectors health, energy, and matter in Dresden and at three other locations.
The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) was founded in 2011 and belongs to Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. The 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.
Such innovations can for example be developed through interdisciplinary research work involving geosciences, bioscience, and geochemistry. The geoscience group provides information about the minerals, their occurrence in the given resource, and intergrowth. The biologists select microbial driven processes to leach metals from the ore (bioleaching) and selectively separate them (biosorption, biomineralization). The complexity of ores and their very low content of metals require as well a deeper look on chemical reactions and metal mobility during the bioleaching process.
The project EcoMetals fits perfectly into these research areas. Hence, the scientists at the HZDR are very interested in advancing the mineralogical, biotechnological and geochemical expertise within the transnational collaboration and exchange with the leading experts in this specific topic.