Biobased Materials Research Programme

Biobased Materials are materials that are (partly) made from biological components. Over the past decades it has become clear that the chemical industry has to look for biological renewable feedstocks to produce sustainable plastics and materials in the immediate future. Alternative sources also provide the opportunity to develop materials with new and advanced properties for all kinds of applications. 

The Biobased Materials Research Group participates in the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) and the Chemelot Institute for Science & Technology (InSciTe), they collaborate with various partners on a number of projects.


Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM)

AMIBM is a cross-border cooperation between Maastricht University and RWTH Aachen. AMIBM’s vision is to provide the missing link between fundamental and applied research and the market in the field of biobased materials. It aims to do this by changing the relationship between the production of biobased materials and the value chain. 

The goal is to achieve this by developing an integrated, interdisciplinary research program. The program focusses on new strategies to produce advanced biobased materials in a sustainable and economical way. It also emphasizes the development of these novel materials into innovative products with high added value for technical and medical applications.

AMIBM offers a unique approach covering the entire biobased materials value chain, including raw materials (feedstock), polymers (materials) and the end products derived from them (applications). Applications include biobased materials for medicine, environmental protection and industry applications.

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The Chemelot Institute for Science & Technology (InSciTe)

The Chemelot Institute for Science & Technology (InSciTe) is a public-private institute for biomedical materials and biobased materials to make materials smarter. From its base in the south of the Netherlands, Chemelot InSciTe rises to the challenges facing our world today: it develops solutions for the sustainable health of an ageing population and for the sustainable production of chemicals and materials. Founding fathers Royal DSM, Maastricht University and University Medical Center, Eindhoven University of Technology and the Province of Limburg invite industrial and academic partners around the world to join them in developing healing biomedical materials for high quality, affordable healthcare and processes to produce biobased materials from renewable raw materials that do not compete with the food chain. With its physical nucleus at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Chemelot InSciTe enables entrepreneurship, expertise, experimentation and education in an open innovation network.