Research institutes

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 strives for groundbreaking conversion of biomass to biobased materials and into product applications.

AMIBM is located in the Netherlands on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in the Dutch Province of Limburg and has a branch office in Germany (AMIBM e.V.), and conducts innovative fundamental, applied and translational research by creating synergies between academia and industry.

Vision and mission

The AMIBM vision is to provide the missing links between fundamental, applied and translational research in the field of biobased materials, by changing the relationship between the production of biobased materials and the value chain. This will be achieved by developing an integrated, interdisciplinary research program focusing on novel strategies to produce advanced biobased materials and chemical building blocks in a sustainable and economical manner, and to develop these novel materials into innovative products for technical and medical applications.

AMIBM has a clear mission statement: Ground-breaking conversion of biomass to biobased materials and into product applications. The mission is derived from its 'reason of existence':

  • To meet the need of biobased materials producing and using industries (SME and large industries)
  • To fulfil the obligations of the direct stakeholders (Province of Limburg, UM, RWTH Aachen University, Fraunhofer IME)
  • To take our responsibility for the society (legislators, students, scientific and public community)

The AMIBM-way to accomplish the mission is that:

  • We offer biobased innovations and solutions by creating outstanding cross border teams and synergistic core competences and infrastructure
  • We are committed to strive for excellence and building critical mass together with our customers along the value chain

In its research offered by transdisciplinary competence teams facilitated by state-of-the-art research infrastructure, AMIBM strengthens every step in the value chain from biomass to application as well as the value chain as a whole by developing a common language and methodology between all experts from biotechnology, polymer chemistry and physics, material science and engineering, fibre and medical technology, and sustainability.

The Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials

A Brightlands institute

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Brightlands is an open innovation community in a global context, connecting four campuses in the province of Limburg: in Maastricht, Heerlen, Sittard-Geleen and Venlo. The campuses provide entrepreneurs, scientists and students state-of-the-art facilities to support development, education, innovation and growth. Naturally, there are close links between all four Brightlands campuses, and together they enable Limburg to serve as an innovation region where researchers and entrepreneurs take on the major challenges in the areas of materials, health, food and smart services.


  • Yvonne van der Meer

    “How sustainable is it? That is the question”

    Friday, December 3, 2021

    Professor Yvonne van der Meer is investigating how companies can improve the sustainability of their products. She analyses every material, exposing the lifecycle in its entirety.

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    Yvonne van der Meer talks about sustainability

    Thursday, September 30, 2021

    How to make the most sustainable product choice

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    Rethinking Plastic House

    Monday, September 20, 2021

    AMIBM part of 'Rethinking Plastic House' to raise awareness for sustainable plastics.

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    Matilde della Fontana winner of Menno Knetsch Thesis Award 2021

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

    The Menno Knetsch Award 2021 has been awarded to MSc Biobased Materials graduate Matilde della Fontana. Matilde completed her thesis at the sustainability group of the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Yvonne van der Meer.

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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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  • Jules Harings

    Expert: Jules Harings Universitair Hoofddocent en groepshoofd AMIBM

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    Jules Harings vond na zijn promotie een goede baan in de industrie. Toch aarzelde hij geen moment toen hij zo’n acht jaar geleden werd gevraagd om mee te werken aan het opstarten van ’natural science’ activiteiten aan de Universiteit Maastricht.

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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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    Mask certification via new lab at UM institute AMIBM

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Read more
  • CurCol

    Curcuma: from cultivation to biobased colorant

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    Did you know that we produce about 87 million tons of packaging waste per year in Europe? The good news is that a part of this is biobased packaging that is recyclable or biodegradable.

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    Groundbreaking research project AMIBM starts in fourth package NWO Open Competition - XS

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020

    Maastricht University researcher, Jordy Saya, working at AMIBM is one of the 24 lucky ones whose research project 'Learning from Nature to Synthesize Peptides and Proteins' was honored by NWO.

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    AMIBM: University collaboration at Brightlands

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

    Eighty years ago, DSM opened its central laboratory for fundamental research in Geleen. Now the old lab is part of the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. This coming fall, the Festival Feel the Chemistry will look back on eighty years of innovation and will also look ahead to the future. Maastricht University is one of the founders of the campus and is closely involved in the developments. It’s at the heart of the campus, as is the Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials.

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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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    The European Commission and the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking invest 4,1 M€ in a project to drastically diminish ocean plastic pollution

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Read more
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    AMIBM surpasses all expectations

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Read more
  • Euregio

    EMR Region Belgium, the Netherlands & Germany area hot spot for the future of lightweight materials and technologies

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Read more
  • Limburg face masks on Economic Affairs shortlist, with support from UM institute

    Thursday, April 9, 2020 Read more
  • Financial injection for biobased materials research at Maastricht University

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    Maastricht University (UM) researchers working at Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) have received a substantial financial injection of €4 million to support new developments in biobased materials. This amount has been made available by the Province of Limburg.

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    GREENER: dealing with the plastic soup

    Monday, September 30, 2019

    Everyone has heard of the "plastic soup" in the oceans, where plastic waste breaks down into small particles that end up in our food chain because plankton and marine animals consume micro plastics. 

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  • Julia Jansing

    AMIBM PostDoc wins Science and Technology German Dissertation Prize

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    Julia Jansing, PostDoc in the group Molecular and Applied Biotechnology in AMIBM, was recently awarded the renowned German Dissertation Prize by the Körber Foundation (“Deutscher Studienpreis”, 2nd place in the section Science and Technology).

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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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Plastic: the good, the bad and the ugly

Plastic: the good, the bad and the ugly


On Saturday 14 July, Dagblad de Limburger published a column by Martin Paul about the negative impact plastic has on our health and the role that the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) plays to counter this.