Martin Knoch receives the first Peter Heinrich Award

Gemeinschaft Thermisches Spritzen e.V., Unterschleißheim, Germany

GTSPA001 In memory of GTS co-founder Peter Heinrich, who passed away in 2017, GTS has presented the Peter Heinrich Award for the first time this year. The new award is presented to outstanding young professionals who remain true to thermal spraying in their professional careers and continue to advance this technology. With this award, the GTS Executive Board also recognises Peter Heinrich's constant commitment to promoting young talent in the field of thermal spraying.

The first Peter Heinrich Award went to Dr.-Ing. Martin Knoch. Martin Knoch started on the path to thermal spraying at an early age. After graduating from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2014, he completed his doctorate in 2019 with the topic "Corrosion behaviour of thermally sprayed ZnAl15 corrosion protection coatings". During this time, he passed through various positions as a research assistant, student trainee and research associate at various institutes and companies, thereby gaining extensive experience in thermal spray technology. From 2015 to 2020, he was head of the Thermal Spray Research Group at the IOT of RWTH Aachen University, and since 2020 he has been operations manager at GTS member Plasmatic Franken GmbH.

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GTS Executive Manager Werner Krömmer (left) presents the
Peter Heinrich Award to Dr.-Ing. Martin Knoch.

The award ceremony took place on board the Danube ship Kristallprinzessin as part of GTS's 30th anniversary celebrations. GTS Managing Director Werner Krömmer presents the certificate (top right) and a symbolic cheque, as the Peter Heinrich Award comes with prize money of 5,000 euros.  

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