Young Scientist Award

Young Scientist Award for detergents and cleaning agents from the GDCh Division of Detergent Chemistry

The Division of Detergent Chemistry of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) awards – provided that the proposals are worthy of an award – an annual Young Scientist Award for an outstanding bachelor’s thesis, a master’s/approval thesis and a dissertation with particular relevance to the development of detergents and cleaning agents. The prizes are endowed with 1000 euros, 2000 euros and 3000 euros respectively.

Current call for proposals for applications: Young Scientist Award 2023

Deadline: April 2, 2023

objective
The Division of Detergent Chemistry of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) awards - provided that the proposals are worthy of an award - each year an Young Scientist Award for an outstanding bachelor 's thesis, a master's thesis/approval thesis and a dissertation with particular relevance to the development of detergents and cleaning agents.

The price
The award is associated with a certificate and a prize money donated by the Division of 1000 euros for a bachelor thesis, 2000 euros for a master’s/approval thesis and 3000 euros for a dissertation. The prize will be awarded as part of the European Detergents Conference, which is being organized by the Division of Detergent Chemistry as part of the SEPAWA Congress (October 25-27, 2023; Berlin) and will take place on October 25, 2023. The awardees are given the opportunity to briefly present the award-winning work during the Conference (e.g. short presentation or poster). The Division bears the costs of attending the conference. A panel of experts appointed by the board of the Division Board decides on the award of the prize.

Nomination/Application
Nominations can be made by the scientific supervisor, but applications are also possible. The scientific work submitted must have been completed in the last two calendar years. Suggestions from the industrial sector are also welcome. All proposals consist of a short justification (including contact details of the candidates) and the scientific work itself.

submission
Please send your informal suggestions in electronic form and summarized in a PDF file to the GDCh Office , attention Maike Fries.

Young Scientist Award 2022

On the occasion of the European Detergents Conference on October 26, 2022 in Berlin, the Division of Detergent Chemistry of Laundry awarded prizes in the field of basic research into detergents and cleaning agents to Dr. Christoph Brudl (Graz University of Technology), Hailey Poole (Stuttgart University) and Sophia Botsch (Stuttgart University).

dr Christoph Brudl received the Young Scientist Award for his outstanding dissertation entitled: "Going green and clean - Is it possible? (Development of a biodegradable high performance dishwashing detergent)”. "In his very detailed work on the development of biodegradable machine dishwashing detergents, Dr. Brudl succeeded in finding a system of biodegradable complexing agents, surfactants and enzymes that is comparable in terms of performance to conventional machine dishwashing detergents. With the help of the physicochemical methods SEM, Raman - and IR spectroscopy as well as AFM and XPS, Dr. Brudl was able to detect residual soiling on art surfaces. This allows for an easier determination of the right amounts and combinations of surfactants for machine dishwashing detergent formulations."

Hailey Poole received the Young Scientist Award for her outstanding master's thesis entitled: "CO 2 -Switchable Foaming Agents". "In her original work on new surfactants whose foaming behavior in aqueous solution can be switched by varying the gas flowing through, Ms. Poole presents a new concept for the synthesis of such surfactants by moving the switchable group from the head to the tail, in contrast to known structures of the tenside. By fundamentally characterizing the tenside properties and the foaming behavior of three exemplary structures of an anionic, non-ionic and cationic representative, Ms. Poole proves the effectiveness of the concept and lays the foundations for the further optimization of the switchability of these substance groups."

Sophia Botsch received the Young Scientist Award for her outstanding bachelor thesis entitled: "Influence of the surfactant concentration on the structure of porous polystyrene synthesized from emulsion templates". "In her very detailed work on the polymerization of water-in-oil styrene emulsions with oil- or water-soluble initiators, Ms. Botsch succeeded in clarifying the mechanisms of formation of different polymer foam structures. Pore shape and pore thicknesses of the polymer foams and the actual foam structure, Ms correlate with the amounts of surfactant used, explain the phase behavior and at the same time refute older hypotheses about the formation of these structures."

Young Scientist Award 2021

On the occasion of the European Detergents Conference on October 13th, 2021 in Berlin, the Division of Detergent Chemistry of Laundry awarded prizes in the field of basic research into detergents and cleaning agents to Dr. Lars Gabriel (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) and Jan Nilles (Kao Chemicals GmbH, Emmerich, and Hochschule Niederrhein, Krefeld).

dr Lars Gabriel received the Young Scientist Award for his outstanding dissertation entitled: "Functional polymers based on polysaccharides: synthesis, characterization and properties". Dr. In his doctoral thesis, Gabriel studied multifunctional polysaccharide derivatives, which he examined in detail with regard to special properties such as graying inhibition and dirt removal effects in detergents. The knowledge gained deepens the knowledge about the so-called functional polymers based on renewable raw materials, especially polysaccharides and especially xylan and chitosan derivatives. The work impresses with its didactic, clear structure and its scientifically clear presentation of structure-property relationships. The relevant results have been used in several patent applications and publications.

Jan Nilles received the Young Scientist Award for his outstanding master's thesis entitled: "Systematic investigation of alkoxylated alkyl ether carboxylic acids in metal cleaning". Mr. Nilles has carried out a systematic investigation of alkoxylated ether carboxylic acids with a focus on optimizing cleaning baths in metal cleaning. By building up a set of physicochemical parameters such as cloud point, dynamic surface tension and foaming behavior, the structure-effect behavior of these baths could be understood for the first time and new formulations based on ether carboxylic acids could be developed. When using these systems, the cleaning performance could be doubled, the time and temperature reduced and the metal cleaning thus made more sustainable.

Young Scientist Award 2020

Janine Birnbach
Frieda Nagler
Dr. Leonhard H. Urner

On the occasion of the European Detergents Conference on October 28th, 2020 in Berlin, the Division of Detergent Chemistry of Detergents awarded prizes in the field of basic research on detergents and cleaning agents to Janine Birnbach (Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Krefeld, in cooperation with Henkel), Frieda Nagler (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) and Dr. Leonhard H. Urner (Free University of Berlin).

Janine Birnbach received the Young Scientist Award for her outstanding bachelor thesis entitled: "Effect of Additives on the Phase Behavior of an Amphiphilic Block Copolymer". Ms. Birnbach investigated the phase behavior of an amphiphilic EO-PO block copolymer depending on various additives such as surfactants, polyols and salts using different physical-chemical methods. The didactically very good work contributes to a better understanding of liquid-crystalline cubic phases and has application-related relevance in detergents and cleaning agents, cosmetics and pharmacy.

Frieda Nagler received the Young Scientist Award for her outstanding master's thesis entitled: "Synthesis of hydrogels based on polydehydroalanine". Ms. Nagler produced novel hydrogels based on polydehydroalanine, which were reacted with bisepoxides and polyethers to form networks. She examined the resulting hydrogels with regard to their swelling behavior, their mechanical properties and their stability, among other things. These are highly interesting polymer systems with model character for investigating the reversible uptake of charged guest molecules and as a material for water treatment.

dr Leonhard H. Urner received the Young Scientist Award for his outstanding dissertation entitled: “Oligoglycerol Detergents for Native Mass Spectrometry of Membrane Proteins”. By systematically investigating the structure-activity relationship of OGD on the isolation of membrane proteins, Dr. Urner, to make native mass spectrometry accessible for structural elucidation of membrane proteins. This leads to a significant acceleration in the structure elucidation of this protein class, which is essential for the development of new drugs. The clearly and concisely written work transfers experience from cosmetics to biochemistry and has industrial relevance.

Young Scientist Award 2019

Prof. Dr. Birgit Glüsen und Dr. Martin J. Thiele
Foto: Katrin Heyer Photographie
Prof. Dr. Birgit Glüsen und Friederike Dehli
Foto: Katrin Heyer Photographie

On the occasion of the European Detergents Conference on October 23, 2019 in Berlin, the Division of Detergent Chemistry of Laundry awarded prizes in the field of basic research into detergents and cleaning agents to Dr. Martin J. Thiele (RWTH Aachen University) and Friederike Dehli (University of Stuttgart).

dr Martin J. Thiele received the Young Scientist Award for his outstanding dissertation entitled: "Boosting the performance of a protease with polymers and surfactants". In his doctoral thesis, Mr. Thiele studied the molecular interactions of proteases with surfactants and polymers commonly used in detergents. He then used the knowledge gained on the importance of calcium ions in the formation of supramolecular complexes as reactors to specifically improve the performance of these enzymes. The work impresses with its methodological breadth at the highest scientific level and its clear presentation of complex systems. The results obtained are of great relevance for the industrial development of sustainable, efficient detergents and cleaning agents. The work has been patented and published in scientific journals.

Friederike Dehli 's outstanding master's thesis "Generation and characterization of gelatin-based hydrogel foams with defined pore sizes" was also awarded a Young Scientist Award . Ms. Dehli dealt with the production and characterization of monodisperse solid foams with porosities in the range of several hundred micrometers. With the help of microfluidics, hydrogel foams based on cross-linked modified gelatin were produced and investigated in several steps. The results obtained are of great interest for the cultivation of artificial tissue in biomedicine with a wide application potential. The work was published in the journal Biomacromolecules.

Promotional awards 1999ff

Year Surname Excellent work Affiliation at the time of the award
2022 Sophia Botsch bachelor thesis University of Stuttgart
2022 dr Christoph Brudl dissertation Graz University of Technology
2022 Hailey Poole master thesis University of Stuttgart
2021 Jan Niles master thesis Kao Chemicals GmbH, Emmerich, and Hochschule Niederrhein, Krefeld
2021 dr Lars Gabriel dissertation Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2020 Janine Birnbach bachelor thesis Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf, and Hochschule Niederrhein, Krefeld
2020 Frieda Nagler master thesis Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2020 dr Leonhard H. Urner dissertation Free University of Berlin
2019 Friederike Delhi master thesis University of Stuttgart
2019 dr Martin Thiel dissertation RWTH Aachen University
2018 Marc Kevin Zinn bachelor thesis

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

2018 Timo Bollmann master thesis Technical University of Cologne
2018 dr Thiemo Fassbach dissertation Technical university Dortmund
2017 dr Viet Hildebrand dissertation University of Potsdam
2016 dr Leonardo Chiappisi dissertation Technical University Berlin
2016 dr Anne Waidelich dissertation University of Stuttgart
2015 dr Helge Klemmer dissertation University of Cologne
2014 dr Michaela Lampheimer dissertation University of Stuttgart
2013 dr Julia Boos dissertation University of Stuttgart
2012 dr Daniel Ten dissertation
2011 dr Ingo Hofmann dissertation University of Berlin
2010 dr Gabriela Catanoju dissertation University of Stuttgart
2009 dr Katja Skrabania dissertation University of Berlin
2007 dr Sandra Engelskirchen dissertation University of Cologne
2006 Dr.-Ing. Claudio Cinquemani dissertation University of Dusseldorf
2004 dr Tobias Feeder dissertation
2003 dr Brita Jacobs dissertation
1999 dr Thomas Sotmann dissertation University of Cologne

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