Biobased Materials

Would you like to contribute to a sustainable planet and circular economy by creating new sustainable materials? Start a master’s in Biobased Materials.

Our planet is facing incredible challenges. Whole ecosystems are changing and collapsing because of the way we consume and the materials we use in our daily lives. The continuous use of fossil fuels and non-degradable materials is driving climate change at an accelerating rate. However, these challenges also offer tremendous opportunities to make our planet more sustainable and evolve as a society into a circular economy. With the master Biobased Materials, you can play a pioneering role in this green revolution. 

You’ll learn how biology provides the building blocks and processes to produce earth-friendly materials that are easily recycled after use, as part of a circular economy. We’ll teach you about advanced functional materials, and how we can develop these from biological resources. Our programme will prepare you for a fascinating career in the research, development, production, and application of earth-friendly materials made from various biological resources. 

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What is our mission?

Become part of a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists that are able to research, develop, produce and apply earth-friendly materials that will drive the revolution towards a sustainable way of life.

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Master’s Programme Biobased Materials – Maastricht University

  • Chemistry is often associated with pollutants, but what if we can make things better?
    Chrysanthi Oikonomidi (Greece), Biobased Materials


  • Yvonne van der Meer

    Yvonne van der Meer new president KNCV

    Monday, June 27, 2022

    At the Annual General Meeting (ALV) on June 21, 2022, Prof. Yvonne van der Meer was appointed President of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society.

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  • sustainable choice

    Yvonne van der Meer talks about sustainability

    Thursday, September 30, 2021

    How to make the most sustainable product choice

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  • AMIBM researcher participates in a panel discussion with two Nobel laureates

    AMIBM researcher participates in a panel discussion with two Nobel laureates

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021

    Julia Jansing took part in a fascinating panel discussion on gene editing with two Nobel laureates and the chair of the German Ethics Council.

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  • Chang Liu

    A new life for eggshells

    Friday, June 4, 2021

    At EGGXPERT, a local startup, two waste products from eggs are put to use in the production of facial masks and wound plasters. Co-founder Chang Liu was one of the first graduates of the master’s in Biobased Materials at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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  • Nieboer pitch

    ‘Power to the farmers’

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    UM students Vincent and Laura Nieboer, inspired by their father, came up with an accessible concept to help farmers worldwide stop the depletion of agricultural land. They recently pitched their idea at the ‘Little big talks’ on the occasion of the celebration of 80 years of materials science and innovation at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen.

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  • Sophie Koch

    And the winner of the Menno Knetsch Master Thesis Award 2020 is…

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    This year during the virtual Zoom graduation ceremony for the master students of the Biobased Materials programme, the Menno Knetsch Master Thesis Award was handed out to Sophie Koch.

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  • Vincent Nieboer

    Upcoming student wins Topsector Chemistry Scholarship

    Thursday, January 9, 2020

    The Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) has awarded a scholarship to Vincent Nieboer, a newly admitted master’s student Biobased Materials.

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  • Julian Engelhardt wins the Menno Knetsch Thesis Award

    Biobased Materials graduate wins Menno Knetsch Master Thesis Award

    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    During this ceremony the Menno Knetsch Master Thesis Award has been handed out to Julian Engelhardt.

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  • Team Carbon wins 3rd place in BISC-E

    From waste cooking oil to protective coating

    Friday, June 28, 2019

    Students of the Biobased Materials master’s programme took third prize in the Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe with their idea to convert waste cooking oil into vinyl ester resins.

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  • AMIBM PhD candidate Carlos Andrés García Velásquez selected to attend the 2019 YSSP

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    PhD candidate Carlos Andrés García Velásquez, researcher at the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) is selected to attend the 2019 YSSP.

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