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

Brightlands logo

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.


  • Building block

    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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  • Glaukos logo

    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
  • amibm

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Young European high potentials visit AMIBM for Young European Talent 2018

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    The second edition of the Young European talent project was held in Limburg in which 50 top talents from 5 European countries participated.

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  • Brightlands Chemelot Campus

    Maastricht University signs declaration of intent to set up sustainability center at Chemelot

    Thursday, October 25, 2018 Read more
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    VDMA/Paul Schlack prize

    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    For his groundbreaking work on the implementation of graphene in next-generation textiles, AMIBM postdoc Dr. Benjamin Weise was awarded two PhD prices: At first, the Paul Schlack Man-Made Fiber Award 2018 was dedicated to Dr. Weise during the opening session of the annually held Global Fiber Convention (GFC) in Dornbirn/Austria from September 13-15.

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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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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.