The Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (usually translated from German as Freiberg University of Mining and Technology or Freiberg Mining Academy, University of Technology and abbreviated TUBAF) is a Germanuniversity of technology with about 5000 students in the city of Freiberg, Saxony. It was established in 1765 by Prince Franz Xaver, regent of Saxony, based on plans by Friedrich Wilhelm von Oppel and Friedrich Anton von Heynitz, and is the oldest university of mining and metallurgy in the world. The chemical elements indium (1863) and germanium (1886) were discovered by scientists of Freiberg University. The polymathAlexander von Humboldt studied mining at the Bergakademie Freiberg in 1791/1792. Today, TU Bergakademie Freiberg is a university of technology comprising six faculties: mathematics and informatics; chemistry, biology and physics; geoscience, geoengineering and mining; mechanical engineering; material sciences; and economics. Admission to all programs from Bachelor through PhD is without tuition fees; students pay only a registration fee of about € 70 per semester.
Virtuhcon is a research centre at Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg. The centre was founded within the framework of the Entrepreunerial Regions Initiative "Centres of Innovation Competence: Create Excellence - Foster Talents" from the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and will start working in 2009. Virtuhcon is the acronym for Virtual High Temperature Conversion Processes.
The centre was initiated by eight departments of TU Bergakademie Freiberg: Institute for Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Institute for Nonferrous Metallurgy and Purest Substances, Institute for Iron and Steel Technology, Institute for Materials Science, Institute of Heat Engineering and Thermodynamics, Institute for Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics, Institute for Computer Sciences and Institute for Numerical Mathematics and Optimization.
Virtuhcon focuses on basic research in the field of partial oxidation processes in industry.