INEOS Styrolution has granted a first award for an outstanding master thesis that was developed in alignment with our R&D department. The award follows the INEOS scheme for recognising excellent achievements in R&D.
Chunjing Zhao became the first student to receive this award from INEOS Styrolution. Her master thesis on “Influences of Supramolecular Additives on the Morphology and Properties of Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Foams” did not only convince Prof. Altstädt of the University of Bayreuth, but also our R&D department.
INEOS Styrolution cooperates with Bayreuth for about five years. Projects include new lightweight composites, foam injection molding with aesthetic surface and improved anti-scratch equipment for styrenic polymers. Bayreuth also plays an important role in the development and continued enhancement of StyLight®, our first composite.
Dr. Norbert Niessner, Director Global R&D/ Intellectual Property, congratulated Ms. Zhao to her achievement and handed over a cheque during a little ceremony at our 50 Avon headquarters in Frankfurt, on Dec. 12, 2018. He is hopeful that Ms. Zhao may have shown the direction to new materials delivering much better insulation than current XPS materials.
Dr. Niessner says: “Ms. Zhao’s work may have a significant impact on the construction industry. Thermal insulation of buildings may become more effective resulting in energy savings. Ultimately, her findings may become a significant contribution to more sustainability.”