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23 вер. 2016  Düsseldorf / Germany

Henkel presents the “Laundry & Home Care Research Award”

Award for outstanding research

Yesterday, on September 22, Henkel presented the “Laundry & Home Care Research Award 2016” to Dr. Kristin Ganske for her outstanding research at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The award comes with a 3,000-euro grant. For her thesis, Ganske worked on new synthesis routes for bio-based polymers, which could lead to better stain removal on textiles.

Away with stains

The 31-year-old doctoral candidate in chemistry used cellulose to synthesize so-called cellulose carbamates, which have strong film-forming properties. By choosing cellulose, she opted for the most common organic compound on earth. “The new polymer is not just much more resource-conserving, but also biodegradable,” says Ganske. In the past, these products were partly obtained from non-renewable petrochemical raw materials.

“Dr. Ganske’s work has shown that there are new synthetic approaches to obtaining functional bio-based polymers, which can improve laundry detergents’ washing performance. Her findings are an important building block for the development of more efficient and more resource-conserving detergents,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Head of Global Research and Development in the Laundry & Home Care business unit.

Supporting young scientists

This was the seventh time that the Laundry & Home Care business unit presented the award. “As a company with its own research activities, supporting the next generation of scientists is very important to us,” says Müller-Kirschbaum. “That’s because scientific excellence is the basis for technical innovation.” At the award ceremony, Ganske presented her research findings to representatives of Henkel’s Research and Development and to the Laundry & Home Care business unit’s Technology Advisory Board – a committee of leading scientists in the fields relevant to the development of detergents and cleaning agents. In particular, Henkel cooperates with these scientists to research and assess new trends.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum (left), Head of Global Research and Development in the Laundry & Home Care business unit, and Dr. Michael Dreja, Head of Global Research at Laundry & Home Care, present the Laundry & Home Care Research Award 2016 to Dr. Kristin Ganske.

In her thesis, Dr. Kristin Ganske worked on new synthesis routes for bio-based polymers, which could lead to better stain removal on textiles.

Close cooperation with the scientific community: The Laundry & Home Care Technology Advisory Board is a committee of leading scientists in the fields relevant to the development of detergents and cleaning agents.