TU Bergakademie, located in the middle eastern of Germany, is the oldest still running university for mining engineering. The long and rich tradition in mining and geology in this region is the basis for excellent research in this field. The local facilities and utilities, like the research and teaching mine Reiche Zeche are a unique selling point in Germany.
The working group of Environmental Microbiology at the Institute for Biosciences has core competences in the field of geo- and biotechnology.
Actual research activities in the Freiberg Biohydrometallurgical Centre for Strategic Elements (BHMZ) are aiming towards the development of procedures to exploit strategic elements like indium and germanium, but also zinc from local ores. The issue of our subproject, within 13 disciplines of the BHMZ, is bioleaching of indium containing sphalerite in trace amounts and therefore represents the biohydrometallurgical core project. Another biohydrometallurgical project deals with bioleaching of organic rich copper shale under acidic conditions in cooperation with Helmholtz - Centre Dresden Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Helmholtz – Institute Freiberg (HIF).