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Welcome on This is the website of the economic geology and petrology Research Unit of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany at the head of Prof. Dr. Gregor Borg.  Here you will find information about recent research projects, studying in Halle and working materials for different courses.

Lectures of the working group

At regular intervals, members of the working group as well as M.Sc. and B.Sc. qualifiers present the results of their research. The stable date is Thursday at 9:00. The next events are at the bottom.

News of the working group


Uni-Challenge-2019 (Foto: Borg)

Uni-Challenge-2019 (Foto: Borg)

Uni-Challenge-2019 (Foto: Borg)

Project: iTARG3T. Innovative targeting & processing of W-Sn-Ta-Li ores: towards EU's self-supply

Europe has a large potential for the production of W, Sn, Ta and Li - raw materials ‘critical’ for the economy. Despite their deposits being abundant, specific problems related to their exploration, resource evaluation, mining, and concentrate production hamper their development. This project aims to

  • overcome specific problems, leading to the opening of new mines by providing innovative tools,
  • evaluate the social impact of W-Sn-Ta-(Li) small-scale mining and developing new tools to obtain the social license to operate.

A key task of the iTarg3T project is the education and training of young scientists for both industrial and academic purposes in the various techniques applied within this multidisciplinary project and also getting an excellent general knowledge of the wider aspects of the raw materials value chain. During the development of the project, which will involve over a dozen Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. theses, it is envisioned to develop a joint post-graduate, Master and Ph.D. Research program (iTarg3T – EIT).

Next to the support in the administration of the EU-project, the tasks of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg are the mineralogical, geochemical and processing research of   W-, Sn- and Li-ores as well as the coordination and organization of the training of the young scientists. (02.04.2019)

Project associates of iTarg3t with an employee of Valoriza Minería at the entrance to the San Finx W-Sn mine.

Project associates of iTarg3t with an employee of Valoriza Minería at the entrance to the San Finx W-Sn mine.

Project associates of iTarg3t with an employee of Valoriza Minería at the entrance to the San Finx W-Sn mine.

(Foto: Caerhays)

(Foto: Caerhays)

(Foto: Caerhays)

Ancient 'Sky Disc' was made with Cornish gold

Prof. Borg and Courtney Smale in a live interview with BBC Radio Cornwall about the gold of the Carnon River in Cornwall and its importance for the Nebra Sky Disc.

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(Foto: Michael Deutsch)

(Foto: Michael Deutsch)

(Foto: Michael Deutsch)

Aus Abfall Werte schöpfen

Das Element Neodym gehört zu den so genannten Seltenen Erden. Es erhöht die Anziehungskraft von Magneten enorm. Mit dieser Eigenschaft ist es  für viele Hightech-Anwendungen inzwischen unverzichtbar. Doch Neodym ist ein rares Gut und seine Gewinnung kompliziert. Deshalb suchen Geologen der MLU in einem vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung geförderten Projekt nun nach neuen Wegen, dieses kraftvolle Element effektiv zu fördern. (01.03.2019)   

Selected interesting dates coming in 2019

DatumTagung / Seminar / KursOrt
23.-26.06.2019EMC 2019
18.-21.08.2019Copper 2019Vancouver
18.-23.08.2019Goldschmidt 2019Barcelona
27.-30.08.201915th Biennial Meeting SGA 2019Glasgow
22.-25.09.2019GEOMünster 2019Münster
09.-13.09.20195th International YES Congress 2019Berlin
07.-10.10.2019SEG Annual Meeting 2019Santiago