Marco Serafini winner of Menno Knetsch Thesis Award 2022

The Menno Knetsch Award 2022 has been awarded to MSc Biobased Materials graduate Marco Serafini. His winning thesis was about ‘Sustainability assessment of biobased colourants for packaging applications.’ The aim of this work was to perform a sustainability assessment of the use of curcumin as a colourant for food packaging and to find out if its use would decrease the packaging environmental impacts.

“It is a great honor for me to receive this award; it will remind me to never stop in front of a failure but to always keep pushing myself. I am hopeful that the results of my thesis will highlight the need for a holistic perspective in sustainability field, crossing several fields in order to obtain accurate results,” Marco Serafini.

About the Menno Knetsch Master Thesis Award

The prize, a cheque of €500, is made available by the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM). The award is handed out during the yearly graduation ceremony of the master’s programme in Biobased Materials.

Criteria for the best master thesis are:

  • Overall mark for the master thesis
  • The contribution to the scientific domain of biobased materials and/or its application
  • The innovative aspects of the topic, as well as the context in which the research was executed

The Menno Knetsch Master Thesis Award was set up in remembrance of our highly appreciated colleague and friend Menno Knetsch, the first programme director of the Biobased Materials master's programme.

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