ITA scientist Dr Frederik Cloppenburg awarded Karl Arnold Prize 2021

Prize winner Dr Frederik Cloppenburg Copyright: © source: private

The textile researcher Dr Frederik Cloppenburg, scientist at the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, was honoured on 8 September 2021 with the Karl Arnold Prize of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts, endowed with 10,000 €, for his outstanding scientific achievements.


The background to Dr 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. Dr Cloppenburg has been working as a research assistant at the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University 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 nonwovens activities 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. Dr Cloppenburg's high international reputation in his field is evidenced by multiple publications and lectures on his research.

Dr Lisa Sofie Höckel from the RWI-Leibniz Institute for Economic Research was also honoured with the Karl Arnold Prize.


For 30 years now, the Karl Arnold Prize has been awarded annually to young scientists and artists for outstanding research work or artistic achievements. The prize is named after the founder of the Academy, Minister President Karl Arnold, and is endowed with 10,000 euros. The prize money is donated by the Foundation of Friends and Sponsors of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts.