Graduate Award Business Chemistry

Data Insight Helps to Create New Markets

For her Master’s thesis Christina Mrosek went on a journey. Her destination: new applications for glass ceramics. The business chemistry student screened thousands of academic articles, using a monitoring method that might be of interest to many companies in the chemical industry. For her excellent work, Christina Mrosek was recently rewarded with the Münster Graduate Award in Business Chemistry.

Award winner Christina Mrosek (center) with Prof. Dr. Jens Leker (University of Münster) and Dr. Sebastian Eidam (Grosse-Hornke, from left to right) Photo: Dr. Peter Dziemba

Glass ceramic can be used for many purposes. For example, it is found in telescopes, electronic devices or whiteboards. One of the leading glass ceramic manufacturers is Schott AG in Ratingen. In order to find additional fields of application for its high-tech products, the company embarked on a new path – supported by business chemistry graduate Christina Mrosek from Münster. For her Master's thesis, she developed a monitoring method to search expert knowledge from all over the world, and thus discover previously unknown business fields.

Fishing in the flood of data

Christina Mrosek first described the specific properties of the glass ceramic and covered conventional applications. Then she screened about 30,000 text files for certain keywords, including available literature, patents, journals and online articles. The software and databases for the analysis were provided by Fraunhofer. From this immense data pool, Christina Mrosek fished out a manageable number of interesting publications, which she evaluated in the next step. The results of her analysis are two new fields of usage for Schott’s glass ceramic.

For her outstanding performance Christina Mrosek recently received the Münster Graduate Award in Business Chemistry 2017, which was endowed with 1,000 euros. Grosse-Hornke awarded this prize for the sixth time, together with the Institute for Business Management in the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Münster.