As the world’s population grows and demands for prosperity increase, so does the demand for mineral raw materials. Humanity is thus facing the challenge of achieving socially responsible, environmentally compatible and economic extraction and supply of raw materials for all.

The complex interrelationships of sustainable raw material extraction and supply demand creative solutions through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.

This is precisely where the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE) management would like to make its research contribution with its team of young graduates and experienced researchers with core competencies in raw material extraction, business management, geology, environmental chemistry and deposit. Under the guiding principle of sustainability, the institute focuses on the following focal points:


Currently, MRE is involved in three EU projects. Additionally, the MRE currently runs several DFG-, institutionally- and industrially supported projects, which deal with the dynamic simulation of extraction processes or the development of an evaluation system for sustainable deposit usage.


Mining research in Aachen has been active for more than 100 years. Here you can inform yourself about our most recently finalized projects.


The MRE has a modern research infrastructure available. Besides maintaining a ventilation laboratory and a library, our research is supported by mobile measurement devices and modern software.