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At OpTaRec’s aim, resource efficiency, improve cost efficiency and product quality in the processing of secondary raw materials. Specifically, a testing process for the tantalum used to recovery. The gained know-how is then consequently published on scientific publications, also a guide is prepared and made available for third parties to implement.



01/2017 – 12/2019

EIT RawMaterials – Up-Scaling

Montanuniversität Leoben, H.C. Starck GmbH, RWTH IME; TUC IFAD (Clausthal); TUC IMAB (Clausthal)

Lehrstuhl für Nichteisenmetallurgie – Stefan Luidold


Total: € 2.931.771,00

MUL: € 340.010

CERA – Certification of Raw Materials

Unlike other sectors such as forestry, the food sector or the textile sector, there is no general and comprehensive certification of mineral resources. The up-scaling project CERA is developing a new certification scheme for mineral raw materials. CERA consists of eight work packages in which the DMT and its partners (LTU Business, University of Leiden, Montanuniversitaet Leoben and TÜV Nord CERT) form a close working group.

The following characteristics are required for the certification of raw materials:

  • Competence in exploration, production and processing of mineral resources
  • Experience in the certification process
  • Management of a network to enterprises in the value chain of mineral resources



CERA – Certification of Raw Materials

01/2017 – 12/2020

EIT RawMaterials – Upscaling

MUL (Partner), DMT, TÜV NORD CERT, University Leiden, Advisory Board, Joint Research Centre, Fairphone, University of British Columbia, University of Southern Denmark, Euromines

Lehrstuhl für Geologie und Lagerstättenlehre – Frank Melcher

Total: € 1.444.178

MUL: € 261.963

DIM ESEE – Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining School

The main objective of the project is knowledge transfer, as well as strengthening innovation capacities in the mining, recycling and waste management sectors. This is a lifelong learning project that will be implemented in close partnership with industry stakeholders in all project consortium countries. During the four years of project implementation, the following key topics will be analyzed:

  • 2017 Zero waste management
  • 2018 Deep intelligent mining
  • 2019 Small mining sites
  • 2020 Recycling

The knowledge and skills gained at DIM aim at increasing the employability of mining engineers. In the long run, the program will lead to an increase in sustainable mining and processing activities, which will result in economic growth and the creation of employment in respective countries.


DIM ESEE – Dubrovnik International ESEE Mining School

01/2017 – 01/2021

EIT RawMaterials – Lifelong Learning

MUL, University of Miskolc, University of Belgrade, National Mining University Ukraine, AGH, ZAG, TUKE, UZAG

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Ulrike Haslinger

Total: € 485.557

MUL: € 132.762

Re-Activate – Developing superior technical infrastructure throughout EIT RawMaterials community to foster technologies and methodologies for reactivation of former mine sites

The project objective is to establish a Network of Infrastructure (NoI) of experts throughout EIT RawMaterials community, developing superior technical infrastructure to create synergies to merge and further develop advanced technologies and methodologies for re-activation of former mine sites. The NoI will also be the single point of contact for any relevant expertise in the particular fields. Such integrated NoI is quite a unique initiative which will fill a gap in specific services related to pro-jects about re-activation of former mine sites. The participating partners are covering the major regions with relevant potential for projects in Europe and the main target region for the proposed services is also Europe. So, the NoI will be able to deliver a clear impact in securing raw materials supply within Europe. As major impact, the NoI work will stimulate investment by reducing risk for new in-vestment in re-activation projects in European countries and by attracting different stakeholders.



Re-Activate – Developing superior technical infrastructure throughout EIT RawMaterials community to foster technologies and methodologies for reactivation of former mine sites

01/2017 – 12/2019

EIT RawMaterials – Network of Infrastructure

MUL, DMT, HZDR, KU Leuven, TU Clausthal, GeoZS, Ovidius University of Constanta, Tallinn University of Technology, Spanish National Research Council, EFTAS Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH, KGHM, Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola;

Total: € 374.811

MUL: € 12.000

REMIX – Smart and Green mining regions of EU project

The REMIX project is an Interreg Europe funded project with an objective to bring together regions rich in mineral resources. Participating regions are at different stages in the mining cycle and have complementary resources and profiles. The project will support innovations of large and small scale companies in their regional mining value chains. In particular the project aims at finding good practices in different EU regions in regards to how the regional small and medium size enterprises and municipalities can benefit from the mining industry and how the regional development authorities can strengthen the sustainable operational environment.



REMIX – Smart and Green mining regions of EU project

01/2017 – 06/2021

Interreg Europe

MUL, Regional Council of Lapland, Finland (Lead Partner), ADE – Agency of Innovation, Business Financing and Internationalisation of Castilla y León, Spain, Joensuu Regional Development Company, JOSEK Ltd, Finland, Marshal’s Office of Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, The University of Exeter, Great Britain, National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, Greece, The Freiberg Geocompetence Center, Germany (Advisory Partner)

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Alexander Tscharf

Total: € 1.997.655,00

MUL: € 187.500

ITERAMS – Integrated mineral technologies for more sustainable raw material supply

ITERAMS aims at i) increasing water circulation and developing mineral processes with significantly reduced consumption of water, and ii) minimizing the amount of landfilled waste material. ITERAMS develops an understanding of the interaction of mineralogy and water properties in dynamic water recycling conditions. Methods for closed water circuits will be developed. The consortium creates technologies to produce geopolymers out of ground tailings.



ITERAMS – Integrated mineral technologies for more sustainable raw material supply



Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy (Finnland), Outotec Oyj (Finnland), Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres (Frankreich), FQM Kevitsa Mining (Finnland), Hacettepe Mineral Techologies Ltd (Türkei), Oulun Yliopisto (Finnland), GreenDelta GmbH (Deutschland), IMA Engineering Ltd Oy (Finnland), Anglo American plc (Großbritannien), Aalto-Korkeakoulusäätiö (Finnland), University of Cape Town (Südafrika), Caspeo SARL (Frankreich), Lappeenrannan Teknillinen Yliopisto (Finnland), Amphos 21 Group (Spanien), Somincor – Sociedade Mineira de Neves-Corvo SA (Portugal)

Lehrstuhl für Gesteinshüttenkunde – Robert Obenaus-Emler

Total: € 7.915.000

MUL: € 618.750

Admired Lab – Advanced Mineral Resources Development Labelled

The goal of the project is to develop a new master course called Admired Lab – Advanced Mineral Resources Development Labeled, following the example of existing joint master programs such as “Advanced Mineral Resources Development” at the MUL and TU Bergakademie Freiberg. This is done according to the EIT guidelines for the implementation of high-quality training, which is providing high-quality students for the industry. In particular, the program offers students a unique master education in the field of raw materials resource development within the framework of a circular economy with special attention to economic, ecological and social aspects. While the mining, engineering and environmental aspects of mining are taught by and at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben and the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in the first two semesters of the program, according to the AMRD curriculum, the social, entrepreneurial and innovative aspects of the mining industry are covered from Trinity College Dublin in the third semester.

After completing this program, the students will not only have a deep understanding of the interdisciplinary topics, but also a comprehensive knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Admired Lab

Admired Lab  – Advanced Mineral Resources Development Labelled

01/2017 – 07/2019

EIT RawMaterials – Education (Master)

MUL (Partner), TU BAF, Trinity College Dublin, Sandvik Mining Systems, Inteco

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Susanne Feiel & Ulrike Haslinger

Total: € 534.149

MUL: € 201.375


The goals

  • To provide a broad understanding of raw materials
  • Knowledge transfer using modern teaching methods
  • Cooperation with European partners
  • Development of a network of ambassadors of raw materials

The idea

At RM@school, pupils (5th to 12th grade) are to become raw material ambassadors conducting experiments from the raw material sector and presenting the results. The lesson is designed to be hands-on and the students should be able to actively learn with the aid of toolkits.

The program

  • All students are introduced to the topics by experts from the raw materials sector
  • Pilot classes are provided with hands-on experiments from the consortium
  • The efficiency of the experiments is evaluated by the pilot classes
  • Some classes will also make trips to industrial plants
  • Students from 9th – 12th school grade will also present their results (PowerPoint, posters, video, etc.)

The result

  • New learning paths using experiments in science and technology. The hands-on experiments are developed and provided by the consortium.
  • Local networks consisting of universities, secondary schools, museums and industrial enterprises.
  • A European consortium consisting of scientists and engineers from the field of raw materials which attend schools.

The experiments

The experiments will cover all “Knowledge & Innovation” topics identified by the EIT RawMaterials: 1. Exploration, 2. Mining, 3. Metallurgy, 4. Recycling, 5. Substitution of critical raw materials and 6. Circular Economy

The experiments are tested in pilot classes and later published online.

RM@Schools 2.0

01/2017 – 12/2017

EIT RawMaterials – Up-Scaling

Montanuniversität Leoben, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Université de Liège, UPM (Technical University of Madrid), Stichting Wetsus, Fraunhofer Institut, TU Claustahl, Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd

Lehrstuhl für Bergbaukunde – Ulrike Haslinger

Total: € 2.931.771,00

MUL: € 340.010