Henkel Presents “Laundry & Home Care Research Award"


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Düsseldorf / Germany - September, 2018
Henkel awarded the “Laundry and Home Care Research Award 2018”, which is endowed with 3,000 euros. Dr. Thiemo Faßbach from the Technical University Dortmund received the award for his outstanding research in the field of active washing substances, so called tensides. Faßbach developed new insights into highly efficient ways of developing tensides based on natural oils and sugar, which can be transferred to the large-scale technical dimension.

Henkel’s business unit Laundry & Home Care is already giving out the award for the ninth time. “For years now, Henkel has been supporting excellent research at the best universities,” said Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Head of Global Research and Development for Laundry & Home Care. “The findings of Dr. Faßbach are an important component in creating resource-saving and climate-neutral products. They impressively demonstrate that there are efficient catalytic ways in creating bio-based tensides, which were not available synthetically until now. Bio-based highly powerful tensides have the potential to replace today’s raw materials in laundry detergents. The outstanding research was conducted in collaboration with one of our raw material suppliers. This demonstrates how powerful the collaboration between universities and researching companies is.

New approach of producing tensides
Among others, Dr. Faßbach used plant-based terpenes, olefins, and sugars to create new wash-active substances. Important was the usage of the right catalyst as a reaction accelerator. Together with the industrial partner, several substances were patented. The research resulted in twelve scientific publications. “In our work, we were able to show that the new reaction paths enable a promising combination of efficient catalyst recycling and effective product recovery," said Dr. Thiemo Faßbach.

During the award ceremony, Dr. Faßbach presented his research results to research and development representatives of Henkel as well as the “Technology Advisory Board” of the Laundry & Home Care business unit. The committee consists of leading scientists in the area of washing and cleaning agents. Henkel cooperates with scientists especially for research purposes and evaluating trends.


About Henkel
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2017, Henkel reported sales of 20 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of around 3.5 billion euros. Combined sales of the respective top brands of the three business units – Loctite, Schwarzkopf and Persil – amounted to 6.4 billion euros. Henkel employs more than 53,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit www.henkel.com.

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