About us

ERZLABOR offers expert knowledge based on profound know-how by applying innovative processes and using state-of-the-art infrastructure. Combining 25 years of experience, ERZLABOR provides optimum sample preparation and analysis for materials characterization.


Our Team

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Petya Atanasova

Petya is an economic geologist with eight years’ experience in project management and coordination. As a consultant geologist, she evaluated the economic potential of numerous rare earth and lithium occurrences. Currently, Petya is a research assistant of the Analytics Group at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. Her PhD research focuses on the geology, genesis and geometallurgy of rare earth deposits in alkaline complexes. Hereby she was testing and developing new analytical methods and techniques for characterization of rare earth mineralization.

Telephon: +49 3731 274 4601

Email: p.atanasova@erzlabor.com

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Dirk Sandmann

Dirk Sandmann did his PhD on method development in automated mineralogy. As part of his research, he established analytical routines for the automated characterization of e.g. graphite, platinum group elements and lithium ores. Dirk has 13 years of experience as a researcher and lecturer with the TU Bergakademie Freiberg as well as with FEI Company, a leader in high-performance electron microscopy. He was mainly involved with the exploration, analysis and evaluation of ore deposits. His broad expertise comprises work on lead-zinc-silver, antimony, gold, tin skarn and greisen ores, various industrial minerals and products. Dirk is responsible for the development of statistically firm measurement routines for diverse applications in automated mineralogy. This current topic is developed in close collaboration with the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology.

Telephon: +49 3731 274 4602

Email: d.sandmann@erzlabor.com

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Andreas Bartzsch

Andreas Bartzsch is head of the preparation laboratory at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. He has more than seven years of relevant experience in resource analytics. During his career, he successfully established two preparation laboratories in Freiberg. In 2011, Andreas Bartzsch set up the laboratory at the Department of Economic Geology and Petrology at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg. In the period 2012-2016, he was responsible for the planning and installation of the laboratory at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. As a preparator, he was responsible for method development for fine-grained, challenging and complex materials. These include copper shale, stibnite, kaolin, mica, graphite, flotation products, agglomerates, pellets, spherules, ash, sludge and recycled materials.

Telephon: +49 3731 274 4603

Email: a.bartzsch@erzlabor.com