Monday, October 15, 2018

TUHH student Francesca Meyer won the Hauke Trinks Award

The NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management has awarded the Hauke Trinks Award for the first time. Francesca Meyer received the first prize during the NIT Class 18 graduation ceremony on 28 September 2018 in the Audimax I of the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH). Places 2 and 3 went to Lisa Christin Watter (TUHH) and Niels Röschmann (University of Applied Sciences).

With the Hauke Trinks Award, the NIT honors the reputation of its founding father and would like to draw young people's attention to the life and work of the former President of the TUHH. The prize was aimed at bachelor students from Hamburg's universities in the MINT field who achieved outstanding results in their bachelor´s thesis, demonstrated a high degree of scientific curiosity and pursued original and interdisciplinary approaches to gaining scientific knowledge.

Francesca Meyer was able to assert herself with her bachelor thesis on "Characterization of the reaction kinetics of an enzyme-catalyzed fatty acid production" and was awarded first place. In addition, she will receive prize money of 1,000 euros. The process engineering student did research at the Chair of Process and Plant Engineering and dealt with the conversion of vegetable oil to fatty aldehyde using a multi-enzyme cascade. The jury selected her outstanding thesis because it is characterized by a high social relevance and the highest degree of initiative.

Ms. Meyer became aware of the topic during a presentation of the TUHH institute and immediately developed an interest in the research topics from her future supervisor, Jens Johannsen, who works as a scientific assistant at the Chair of Process and Plant Engineering. "I deliberately chose this topic because I wanted to make a contribution to sustainability and efficient resource conservation through my work. Thanks to the support of the institute and Mr. Johannsen, I was able to deal in detail with the fatty acid product," said the proud winner, who originally comes from Italy and grew up in Niedersachsen.

With her findings, Ms. Meyer has laid the foundation for the use of vegetable oil as a fragrance and aroma substance as a sustainably renewable raw material in the future. The current Master's student is now working as a student assistant at the Chair of Process and Plant Engineering and can also imagine being active in research in the future.

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