Dr Frederik Cloppenburg of ITA Germany bags Karl Arnold Prize

October 22, 2021 - Germany

Textile researcher Dr Frederik Cloppenburg, scientist at Germany’s Institut fur Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University, was recently honoured with the Karl Arnold Prize of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts for 2021. Cloppenburg was also awarded €10,000 for his outstanding research work and scientific achievements.

The background to Cloppenburg's award is his interdisciplinary work within nonwovens production, his lucrative research in the field of artificial intelligence in the textile industry and his commitment to structural change in the Rhenish mining area with the help of scientific innovations, the university said in a press release. Dr Lisa Sofie Hockel from the RWI-Leibniz Institute for Economic Research was also honoured with the Karl Arnold Prize.

Cloppenburg has been working as a research assistant at ITA since 2014, where he completed his doctorate. He is now in charge of the nonwovens technologies research group at the Aachen site. He is responsible for all activities related to nonwovens at the institute. In addition, in his function as chief digital officer, he is responsible for digitalisation at ITA and the digitalisation of the institute's infrastructure and processes. Cloppenburg's high international reputation in his field is evidenced by multiple publications and lectures on his research.