Work package 4 intends to develop a detailed geological, mineralogical and geochemical characterization of ores and fractions after pretreatments steps; to evaluate the optimal composition for subsequent leaching steps; to analyze process solutions; to develop methodologies for detection of trace elements; and to develop a method for quantifying bioleaching kinetics and efficiency using PET.

Beside the WP leader HIF the partners BRGM, IRE, GeoRessources, MLU, and UVR-FIA play their part in this work package.


  • mineralogical characterization of ore minerals and tailings

  • organic matter characterization

  • geo-chemical characterization of the processed ore minerals and characterization of process solutions

  • method developments for solving problems in analytics


  • MLA method for finely dispersed ore minerals

  • XRD methods and models for characterization of the specific ores

  • EMPA method, analysis of minor elements

  • Process visualization of (radio-)metal transport through ore filled columns by means of PET

Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie

Halsbrücker Str. 34
09599 Freiberg, Germany

BRGM - Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières

avenue Claude Guillemin, BP 36009
45060 Orléans Cedex 2, France

EcoMetals is a transnational research project aiming at the development of innovative biohydrometallurgical processes for the extraction of copper and other (associated) metals from coppershale.. The project receives funding from the French ANR (L’Agence nationale de la recherche) and the German Ministry of Education and Research BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) under the reference number 033RF001.

In total, 17 partners from science and industry collaborate in this project. Start of the project was in February 2014 and it will run until June 2017. 

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