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Biobased Materials

Have you ever wondered how plastics will be made once the oil supply dries up? Is it possible to produce functional materials and plastics from biological resources? Can novel, sustainable materials be produced based on the molecular structures available in nature? As the world is running out of fossil fuels, we need to develop sustainable materials, which may have completely new properties. The master’s in Biobased Materials will provide you with the knowledge and skills to deal with these challenges. It will prepare you for a career in research, development, production and application of biobased materials, allowing you to play a part in the transition towards a more sustainable future. Read more

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Master’s Programme Biobased Materials – Maastricht University

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Education at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year

We are busily preparing for on-site education taking into account all COVID-19-related preventive measures, as well as developing online options for students who cannot yet come to Maastricht due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials

The Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) is a European, cross-border, research institute focusing on the development of advanced biobased materials. AMIBM is located on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in the Dutch Province of Limburg and strives for excellence in applied and translational research by creating synergies between academia and industry.

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) and sustainability evaluations over the whole value chain. Applications include biobased materials for medicine, environmental protection and industry applications.

  • Often I have to step outside of my own disciplines, but that is what really broadens horizons
    Johannes Berghaus (Germany), Biobased Materials
  • I found this programme quite unique because it is multidisciplinary and its focus on using renewable resources to produce new materials with different applications.
    Bernal Garcia Lascurain (Mexico), Biobased Materials

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News

  • 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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  • Biobased sock

    Biobased socks from Sustainable Polymer

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Aim in their study was to develop biobased compostable socks from Polylactic acid (PLA), acknowledged as sustainable and eco-friendly is a biodegradable and compostable polymer obtained from annually renewable resources.

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  • Thomas Cleij appointed as new Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Thursday, February 28, 2019

    The Executive Board of Maastricht University (UM) has appointed Prof. dr. Thomas Cleij as the new dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

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  • Ola Wróblewska

    Recipe book for bioplastic from sugar beet

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    How do you cook a sugar beet to obtain bioplastics? Ola Wróblewska answered this question in her dissertation, with with she earned the first ever doctorate at the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials.

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  • Jules Harings

    3D printing with PLA can become more precise and stronger

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    By using the compostable biobased plastic PLA, the process of 3D printing is becoming more and more sustainable.

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  • Menno Knetsch Master Thesis Award for Biobased Materials graduate

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Six graduates received their well-deserved diplomas for the master’s programme in Biobased Materials. During the graduation ceremony, the Menno Knetsch Master Thesis Award has been handed out for the first time to the student of the Master Biobased Materials that has written the best master thesis.

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  • AMIBM - ABC 2018 - Geert Noordzij

    Applied Biobased materials Conference 2018

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    On the 20th of April Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) hosted its third international conference on Applied Biobased Materials (ABC). This year's theme was: Biobased Materials for Innovations in Fibre Applications. It was an inspiring day for all 130 visitors.

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