Young Scientist Award

Young Scientist Award for basic research on detergents and cleaning agents

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

Young Scientist Award 2021

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

Dr. Lars Gabriel received the Young Scientist Award for his outstanding dissertation with the title: ?Functional polymers based on polysaccharides: synthesis, characterization and properties?. Dr. Gabriel studied multifunctional polysaccharide derivatives in his doctoral thesis, 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 thesis impresses with its didactic, clear structure and its scientifically clear representation of structure-property relationships. The relevant results were used in several patent applications and publications.

Jan Nilles received the Young Scientist Award for his outstanding master's thesis with the title: "Systematic investigation of alkoxylated alkyl ether carboxylic acids in metal cleaning". Mr. Nilles has carried out a systematic study of alkoxylated ether carboxylic acids with the focus on the optimization of cleaning baths in metal cleaning. By building up a set of physicochemical parameters such as cloud point, dynamic surface tension and foam behavior, the structure-activity 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 28, 2020 in Berlin, the Division of Detergent Chemistry awarded prizes in the field of basic research in 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 as a function of various additives such as surfactants, polyols and salts using different physicochemical methods. The didactically very good work contributes to a better understanding of liquid-crystalline cubic phases and has application relevance in detergents and cleaning agents, cosmetics and pharmacy.

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

Dr. Leonhard H. Urner received the Young Scientist Award for his outstanding dissertation with the title: ?Oligoglycerol Detergents for Native Mass Spectrometry of Membrane Proteins?. Through the systematic investigation of the structure-activity relationship of OGD on the isolation of membrane proteins, Dr. Urner to make native mass spectrometry available for the structure 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 is of 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 Chemistry awarded prizes in the field of basic research in detergents and cleaning agents to Dr. Martin J. Thiele (RWTH Aachen) and Friederike Dehli (University of Stuttgart).

Dr. Martin J. Thiele received the Young Scientist Award for his outstanding dissertation with the title: ?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 improve the performance of these enzymes in a targeted manner. 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 used in patents and is 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 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 gelatine were generated and investigated in several steps. The results obtained are of great interest for the cultivation of artificial tissue in biomedicine with a broad application potential. The work was published in the journal Biomacromolecules.

Sponsorship awards 1999ff

year Surname Institute Excellent work
2021 Dr. Lars Gabriel Friedrich Schiller University Jena dissertation
Jan Nilles Kao Chemicals GmbH, Emmerich and Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Krefeld Master thesis
2020 Janine Birnbach Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Krefeld in cooperation with Henkel Bachelor thesis
Frieda Nagler Friedrich Schiller University Jena Master thesis
Dr. Leonhard H. Urner Free University of Berlin dissertation
2019 Friederike Dehli University of Stuttgart Master thesis
Dr. Martin Thiele RWTH Aachen dissertation
2018 Timo Bollmann Technical University of Cologne Master thesis
Dr. Thiemo Fassbach Technical university Dortmund dissertation
Marc-Kevin Zinn Self-application Bachelor thesis
2017 Dr. Viet Hildebrand University of Potsdam dissertation
2016 2016 Dr. Leonardo Chiappisi Technical University Berlin dissertation
Dr. Anne Waidelich University of Stuttgart dissertation
2015 Dr. Helge Klemmer University of Cologne dissertation
2014 Dr. Michaela Lampenheimer University of Stuttgart dissertation
2013 Dr. Julia Boos University of Stuttgart dissertation
2012 Dr. Daniel Ten dissertation
2011 Dr. Ingo Hofmann University of Berlin dissertation
2010 Dr. Gabriela Catanoju University of Stuttgart dissertation
2009 Dr. Katja Skrabania University of Berlin dissertation
2007 Sandra Engelskirchen University of Cologne dissertation
2006 Dipl.-Ing. Claudio Cinquemani University of Düsseldorf dissertation
2004 Dr. Tobias Fütterer dissertation
2003 Dr. Britta Jacobs dissertation
1999 Dr. Thomas Sottmann University of Cologne dissertation

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