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: funding awards 2024

Deadline: April 2, 2024

Objective
The Division of Detergent Chemistry of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) awards - assuming prize-worthy proposals - an annual Young Scientist Award for an outstanding bachelor's thesis, a master's/approved thesis and a dissertation with particular relevance to the development of detergents and cleaning agents.

The price
The award is accompanied by a certificate of award and prize money donated by the Division in the amount of 1,000 euros for a bachelor's thesis, 2,000 euros for a master's/admission thesis and 3,000 euros for a dissertation. The prize will be awarded as part of the European Detergents Conference, which is organized by the Division of Detergent Chemistry as part of the SEPAWA CONGRESS (October 16-18, 2024; Berlin) and will take place on October 16, 2024. The awardee will have the opportunity to briefly present the award-winning work during the Conference (e.g. short lecture or poster). The Division bears the costs for participation in the conference. An expert committee appointed by the Division Board decides on the awarding of the prize.

Nomination/application
Nominations can be made by the academic 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 the candidate's contact details) and the academic work itself.

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

Young Scientist Award 2023

On the occasion of the European Detergents Conference on October 25, 2023 in Berlin, the Division of Detergent Chemistry awarded funding prizes in the area of ​​basic research in detergents and cleaning agents to Cara Kohler (Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Krefeld) , Jörn Philipp Optatzi (TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences) and Dr. Susanne Jacksch (Furtwangen University and Justus Liebig University Gießen).

Dr. Susanne Jacksch received the Young Scientist Award for her outstanding dissertation entitled: “Investigations on the structure and function of the microbiota in household washing machines, kitchen sponges, and on laundered textiles”. "With her excellent work on the hygiene of washing machines, laundry and kitchen sponges in the home, Ms. Jacksch made an important contribution to the development of sustainable, innovative detergents and hygiene products. Microbiome and metagenomic analyzes as well as state-of-the-art metatranscriptomics were established and applied. In addition, the basics for the application were established RNA-based stable isotope sampling for washed textiles. Particularly noteworthy are the quantitative data on the microbiological contamination of washing machines and the contribution to application-oriented basic knowledge."

Jörn Philipp Optatzi received the Young Scientist Award for his outstanding master's thesis with the title: "Control of the interface properties of surfactant mixtures using the hydrophilic-lipophilic deviation concept". " In his extensive work, Mr. Optatzi managed to specifically adjust the interface properties of different surfactant mixtures at variable salinity using the hydrophilic-lipophilic deviation concept and to show that this concept can serve as a guide for the formulation of surfactant/oil/water systems with optimal Oil removal capacity can be used. Mr. Optatzi combined physicochemical methods such as the spinning drop and bubble pressure methods with dynamic phase inversion and salinity inversion, modeled the interfacial tension using the net-average curvature model and demonstrated the applicability of the results of the hydrophilic-lipophilic deviation concept based on high-throughput washing tests."

Carla Kohler received the Young Scientist Award for her outstanding bachelor's thesis entitled: “Characterization of sophorolipids and study of synergism with cationic surfactants”. "In her very detailed work on the properties of new glycolipid surfactants, Ms. Kohler managed to clarify the phase and aggregation behavior of sophorolipids and cationic surfactants in binary and multicomponent systems and to develop synergistic mixtures that are also highly relevant for practical applications. These results were achieved with a variety of analytical methods, in addition to classic surface and interfacial tension measurements with NMR spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. "

Young Scientist Award 2022

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

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 managed to find a system of biodegradable complexing agents, surfactants and enzymes whose performance is comparable 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 contamination on artificial surfaces. This makes it easier to determine the correct amounts and combinations of surfactants for dishwasher 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 them, 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 surfactant. By fundamentally characterizing the surfactant properties and the foaming behavior of three exemplary structures of an anionic, nonionic 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's thesis entitled: "Influence of 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 managed to clarify the mechanisms of the formation of different polymer foam structures. Ms. Botsch was able to explain the pore shape and pore thickness of the polymer foams and the actual foam structure correlate 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.

Funding awards 1999ff

Year Surname Excellent work Affiliation at the time of the award
2023 Cara Kohler bachelor thesis Niederrhein University, Krefeld
2023 Jörn Philipp Optatzi master thesis TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences
2023 Dr. Susanne Jaksch dissertation

Furtwangen University and Justus Liebig University Gießen

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 Nilles master thesis Kao Chemicals GmbH, Emmerich, and Niederrhein University, Krefeld
2021 Dr. Lars Gabriel dissertation Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2020 Janine Birnbach bachelor thesis Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf, and Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Krefeld
2020 Frieda Nagler master thesis Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2020 Dr. Leonhard H. Urner dissertation Free University of Berlin
2019 Friederike Dehli master thesis University of Stuttgart
2019 Dr. Martin Thiele dissertation RWTH Aachen University
2018 Marc Kevin Zinn bachelor thesis

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

2018 Timo Bollmann master thesis TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences
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 Lampenheimer 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 Düsseldorf
2004 Dr. Tobias feeder dissertation
2003 Dr. Britta Jacobs dissertation
1999 Dr. Thomas Sottmann dissertation University of Cologne

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