Founding Partners

The five founding partners bundle the major academic players along the entire value chain of mineral and metal-containing raw materials.


Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment.

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR)

The HZDR is a non-profit research organisation and member of the German ”Helmholtz Association”. It is funded by German Federal and Saxonian Authorities. HZDR is dealing with application-oriented basic research, focused on three major research topics: matter, energy and health. Around 1000 people are employed at HZDR. HZDR consists of eight institutes, of which the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) is the one active in resource technologies.

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RWTH Aachen University

With its 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is among the leading European scientific and research institutions with a worldwide unique position in engineering fields. Education at RWTH Aachen University combines basic research and applied science.

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TU Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF)

Being a University of Resources, the TU Bergakademie - focuses comprehensively on securing the supply of natural resources along the entire added value chain. It covers the spectrum from the exploration for new deposits, the low impact, environmentally sound extraction of the raw materials as well as the development of alternative energy technologies and efficient materials right up to the recycling process.

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TU Clausthal (TUC)

Clausthal University of Technology was founded in 1775 as a Mining Academy. During its history, the Royal School of Mines (1864) broadened its focus and covers today in research and study programs the whole range from natural sciences and raw materials to material sciences, over mechanical and Process Engineering to Economics, Computer science and advanced Electronic Waste Recycling.

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