A New Awareness of Ecological Balance


Professor André Bardow, Director of the Institute of Thermodynamics and Chair of Technical Dynamics at RWTH Aachen University, has received the 2016 Covestro Science Award. Through the award, Covestro seeks to support outstanding reseachers under the age of 45 in the area of materials research.


One of André Bardow’s key research areas is the assessment of the environmental impact of products throughout their entire life cycle. According to Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas, through his pioneering work, André Bardow has redefined the state of the art in the field of life cycle assessment, particularly of CO2-based polymers.


With sales of EUR 12.1 billion in 2015, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly called Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and currently employs about 15,800 people. Covestro is a Bayer Group company.