Chemical engineering is a dying field

Breakthrough research on luminescent nanoparticles

The Society of Sponsors of the University of Applied Sciences awards the Bernard Rincklake Prize to Master’s graduates


Prof. Dr. Waltraud Brandl, Prof. Dr. Klaus Niederdrenk, Rector of the Münster University of Applied Sciences, Dr. Christian Brehmer and Michael Schirmeisen from the GdF and Prof. Dr. Michael Bredol congratulated Holger Althues (3rd from left) on the Bernard Rincklake Prize.
Münster / Steinfurt (November 25, 2004). The Society of Sponsors of the Münster University of Applied Sciences (GdF) awards the Bernard Rincklake Prize for the best thesis of a year. The chairman of the GdF, Dr. Christian Brehmer, to Holger Althues for his significant research results on luminescent nanoparticles. The master's thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Michael Bredol from the chemical engineering department in Steinfurt.

"Holger Althues did pioneering work - both in processing the current state of knowledge in the literature and in developing the experimental syntheses," explained Bredol. He has opened the door to a new and highly topical field of research for the department, and in particular the laboratory for materials science. In her laudation, Prof. Dr. Waltraud Brandl from the Gelsenkirchen University of Applied Sciences states that "the work is particularly characterized by its scientific depth and the focus on practical application".

The results of the master's thesis would be used as a basis for both theoretical aspects and experimental details. In his research, the master's graduate developed processes for the production of luminescent nanoparticles on the basis of non-toxic zinc sulfide and zinc oxide. With these nanoparticles it will be possible, for example, to mark proteins in the organism for certain investigations.

The nanoparticles with optical properties that have been developed so far were based primarily on cadmium and selenium. Since both substances are toxic, they are out of the question for use in biological systems.

The results were presented in Warsaw at the meeting of the European Materials Research Society and the written version was published in the journal "Solid State Phenomena". The young scientist has not lost interest in luminescent nanoparticles. He works as a doctoral student at the Technical University of Dresden and deepens the topic examined in the master's thesis: Synthesis and characterization of luminescent nanoparticles.

In addition, the GdF honored Susanne Dürr's thesis in the nursing department on the subject of "Caring for the dying at home" with a special prize.

For the 18th time, the jury selected the winners from the best theses that had previously been honored with the Rector's Prize. The name giver of the annual GdF award is Bernard Rincklake. He was a co-founder of the "Drawing, Painting and Modeling School" created in 1878, the oldest predecessor institution of the Münster University of Applied Sciences.