Each project needed to demonstrate clear benefits to the circular economy, society, and on the industry. The winner has been announced: Ms Elisa Arikan, for her paper on “Structural adhesive bonding of polymers - Surface characteristics and adhesion mechanism”. As a Research Associate, her field of research is ‘Technological, economic and ecological evaluation and optimisation of manufacturing process chains as well as the development of innovative manufacturing strategies for the production of fibre-reinforced composite structures’.

In a press release, Kristel Ons, FEICA’s Secretary General, stated that FEICA continues to support the adhesives and sealants industry by encouraging further innovations in the sector. “Many of this year’s entries demonstrate how important innovations are to our increasingly circular economy. Ms Arikan’ paper demonstrates that the use of structural adhesive bonding offers large weight saving potential compared to conventional joining methods” said Ms Ons. The jury agreed that the impact of Ms Arikan’s paper on the mechanism for good adhesion on a polymer surface is highly relevant for a multitude of applications and industries, and that her innovative and fundamental understanding of adhesion was particularly commendable.

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