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. CUT main research areas are Sustainable Energy Systems, Raw Material Supply and Efficiency, Materials Science and Processes, Cyber-Physical Systems and Simulation - more than 50% of the professorate are acting in Raw Materials related research areas, coordinated in Clusters for fostering interdisciplinary research.
⇒ Represented by Institute of Mineral and Waste Processing, Waste Disposal and Geomechanics (IFAD)
The research activities of the Department of Mineral and Waste Processing focuses on the development for energy and resource efficient processing procedures of complex metal containing material flows, either from primary or secondary resources. Mainly mechanical and hydrometallurgical processing technics are used.