Jowat SE has recognized Dennis Meinderink, Ph.D., with its Adhesive Research Award. The doctoral thesis submitted by Meinderink studies how sustainable zinc oxide-polyacrylic acid systems can be used to enhance adhesion to polymer-metal oxide and polymer-polymer interfaces. The comprehensive study of molecular adhesion of polyacrylic acid to nanostructured zinc oxide surfaces, and its use for industrial processes–for example, on hot galvanized steel–represents a progress in scientific findings. The Adhesive Research Award was presented to Meinderink by the board of directors of Jowat SE at a celebratory event in Jowat’s House of Technology.

“The findings of this research provide an important foundation for sustainable coatings in composite systems, and are therefore of great practical relevance,” said Christian Terfloth, Ph.D., managing director at Jowat SE.

Meinderink studied chemistry at the Paderborn University, where he went on to work as a research associate and group leader within the Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry department. He has been focusing on adhesion-related questions since his master’s thesis. In 2020, he successfully completed his doctoral thesis. Today, Meinderink works in a staff position within the executive management of K.L. Kaschier-und Laminier GmbH.

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