Sabine Langkau

Rare Earth Magnet Expert: Coordinator of Business Unit Sustainability Innovation and Policy at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI


After graduating in mineralogy from Leipzig University in 2007, Sabine Langkau received her PhD in the field of metal silicide clusters in solar silicon in 2011. She was a visiting student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2010 and has been a Research Associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Competence Center “Sustainability and Infrastructure Systems“ since 2013. Since 2020, she coordinates the business unit “Sustainability Innovation and Policy“.


Leipzig University

Ph.D. / 2007



Fraunhofer Research

Researcher / 2007Present


Environmental impacts of the future supply of rare earths for magnet applications

Journal of Industrial Ecology / Nov 27, 2020

Langkau, S., & Erdmann, M. (2020). Environmental impacts of the future supply of rare earths for magnet applications. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 25(4), 1034–1050. Portico.

Incorporation of Fe into NiSi2 precipitates

Energy Procedia / Jan 01, 2011

Langkau, S., Wagner, G., Bertoni, M. I., Buonassisi, T., & Kloess, G. (2011). Incorporation of Fe into NiSi2 precipitates. Energy Procedia, 3, 27–34.

The silicon-rich corner of the system Si–Cu–Co

Energy Procedia / Jan 01, 2011

Langkau, S., Schlegel, R., Schmutzler, T., Stephan, C., Ende, M., Gerhardt, S., Lobe, S., & Kloess, G. (2011). The silicon-rich corner of the system Si–Cu–Co. Energy Procedia, 3, 17–26.

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Research Interests

General Social Sciences
General Environmental Science
General Earth and Planetary Sciences
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