Carbon Discovery Trail

What do your smartphone, your T-shirt and your pencil have in common? They all contain carbon! Come join us on our discovery trail to learn more about how this unique element affects our lives, our prosperity, and the environment.

Carbon is astoundingly diverse. As a diamond it is the hardest natural material, while being colorless and translucent. As graphite on the other hand, carbon appears black and soft. And when it is combined with other elements, especially with hydrogen, the range of different properties grows even larger.

About 90% of all known chemical compounds contain carbon. All living organisms consist of organic carbon compounds. Plastics and fuels are compounds made of carbon and hydrogen. As a source of energy and heat, carbon is a valuable driver of development. Consequently, the element carbon is an irreplaceable pillar of our economy, society, and everyday lives.

Unfortunately, the industrial use of carbon also has a dark side. Human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases CO2 and methane (CH4) major players in the acceleration of climate change. Natural resources are becoming scarce. Plastics pollute our environment. And for these reasons we need to rethink the future use of carbon.

From the interactive info boards of our Carbon Discovery Trail you can learn ways to reduce CO2 emissions, produce “green” fuel, obtain new products from waste, and much more. Afterwards you can visit the large-scale test facilities used to research new technologies by taking a tour around our institute’s premises.

Quick information:

What can you expect?

Interactive info boards packed with knowledge and a tour around our institute’s premises with large-scale test facilities 


Fuchsmuehlenweg 9 (Reiche Zeche) 09599 Freiberg

When?Starting April 25, 2020 as a part of the 4th state exhibition of Saxony (only available in german)

Are there admission fees?

No, it’s free, just come on by!