Dr. Schopf


Dr. Simone Schopf

Dr. Simone Schopf

Research Group Environmental Microbiology

Leipziger Straße 29

Telefon +49 3731 392103
simone [dot] schopfatioez [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

Publikation list

Research focus

  • Studies of attachment and visualization of microbial biofilms on solid (metallic) surfaces: CLSM, fluorescent lectin-binding assay
  • De-novo genome sequencing and comparative genomics (Illumina MiSeq)
  • Microbial community analyses in acidic habitats by 16S rDNA Illumina sequencing
  • Biotechnological metal extraction from primary and secondary resources
  • Monitoring of bioleaching processes (ICP-MS, GC-MS, IC)                                                       

Research projects

  • 06/2013-06/2018: Freiberger Biohydrometallurgisches Zentrum (http://tu-freiberg.de/forschung/bhmz): Process chain for the winning of metals from ores, tailings and recycling material (13 professorships of TU Bergakademie Freiberg, company advisory board)
  • 02/2017-07/2018: BMBF r4project „Theisenschlamm“ (http://www.ufz.de/index.php?de=38660): Winning of critical trace elements by mineral selective bioleaching (UFZ Leipzig, G.E.O.S Ingenieur-gesellschaft mbH, BRAIN-Biotechnology, HIF, Nickelhütte Aue, TU Bergakademie Freiberg)
  • 02/2014-01/2017: BMBF/ANR project „Ecometals“ (http://www.ecometals.org/): Innovative processes for copper extraction by means of bio-technology (amongst others BGR, BRGM, HZDR, G.E.O.S Ingenieur-gesellschaft mbH, Martin-Luther Universität Halle, UVR-FIA, BRAIN Biotechnology)
  • R&D: Biolaugbarkeit von BiCoNi Erzen (Geiger Edelmetalle, Sachsenerz Bergwerks GmBH)·   


  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Microbiology and biochemistry laboratory
  • Biotechnology in mining
  • Summer school biomining

Curriculum vitae

Since 2016Short term lecturer for "Biotechnology in Mining" at German Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology in Ulaanbaatar
06/2016-06/2017Mary-Hegeler Habilitation Scholarship holder of TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Since 06/2013PostDoc at Environmental Microbiology Group of TU Bergakademie Freiberg
02/2012-06/2013R&D on plant for microbial CO2 conversion
2007-2011Ph.D. in microbiology at Archaea Center Regensburg
12/2006Diploma in microbiology at Archaea Center Regensburg
2001-2006Study of biology at University of Regensburg
1999-2001Study of dentistry at University of Regensburg
1999General qualification for university entrance (Abitur)


2016: Mary-Hegeler habilitation scholarship of TU Freiberg


Additional qualifications

  • Since 2016: Higher education didactic courses at Grafa Freiberg
  • 03/2016: Project manager for biological safety according to §15 GenTSV
  • 06/2015: Certificated first-aider
  • Since 2013: Reviewer in the field of microbiology

Memberships (research societies)