Pieter Samyn (*1978) received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for his work in the area of Production Engineering.
Dr. Pieter Samyn’s research is concentrated on the sustainable use of natural materials. The materials scientist received the prize for his research on the sustainable use of biomaterials from forestry as nanoscale components for functional bio-based composite materials.
He has served as the Robert Bosch Junior Professor for the “Sustainable Use of Natural Resources” at the University of Freiburg since 2011.
He previously conducted research into bio-based polymers and fiber technology by combining mechanical and chemical sciences with macromolecular nanotechnology. At the Institute of Forest Utilization and Work Science and the Freiburg Materials Research Center, he is working on defining new applications for renewable bio-based raw materials, for instance for the coating of textiles or the sensor industry.