IKV: Melanie Kostka receives the Reifenhäuser Sponsorship Award

Melanie Kostka has been awarded the Reifenhäuser Sponsorship Award on the occasion of IKV’s 30. International Colloquium Plastics Technology. With the Sponsorship Award, the Reifenhäuser company honoured the outstanding research work done by Melanie Kostka, who is employed as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University.

Prof. Christian Hopmann, head of IKV, prize winner Melanie Kostka and Bernd Reifenhäuser, CEO of Reifenhäuser Group, at the presentation of the award in Troisdorf. (Source: IKV)

In her master’s thesis, which she wrote when a student at IKV, Melanie Kostka tackled the subject of foamed cellulose-based plastics obtained from renewable plant-based raw materials. The focus of the thesis was on research into the still largely unknown properties of these plastics. One of the key points was the analysis of the flame-retardant properties, knowledge of which is essential for their use in building insulation. In the opinion of the jury, Melanie Kostka’s thesis stood out because of its outstanding scientific quality and the practical benefits of the findings.

Reifenhäuser launched its sponsorship award for students, which is worth EUR 3 000, this year for the first time to reward outstanding work in the field of plastics technology. It aims to induce talented students to tackle present-day challenges of the world of plastics at a high level. Bernd Reifenhäuser, CEO of the Reifenhäuser Group, explains: „With this award, we want to motivate young people with a passion for plastics technology to continue striving for exceptional achievements. Particularly for the sustainable use of plastic in practice, there is a need for creative research approaches in which the students have the courage to think out of the box. With her work, Melanie Kostka has done precisely this in an outstanding fashion.“

Bernd Reifenhäuser and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, head of IKV, jointly awarded the prize on 25 August 2020 at the headquarters of the Reifenhäuser Group in Troisdorf. The presentation was shown as a video clip at the International Colloquium Plastics Technology. This year, the event is being staged from 8-11 September 2020 as a purely digital conference because of the Covid-19 pandemic.