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 is a cross-border cooperation between Maastricht University, RWTH Aachen and Fraunhofer IME. 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) and sustainability evaluations over the whole value chain. Applications include biobased materials for medicine, environmental protection and industry applications.
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.
During his meetings, deputy Van den Akker indicated that he would like to establish more cooperation between North Rhine-Westphalia and Limburg in the future.
Two UM researchers tell about their experiences abroad, with the Yerun Research Mobility Award.
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.
“When I look at how things stand in the world, I am ashamed for my kids. We need to get rid of our no-care-attitude towards plastics. Otherwise it might well become the end of the world as we know it.”
“Nature is a great teacher! Just listen and learn!”
“Too often I see scientists first develop materials made of biological building blocks, and then start thinking about their possible applications. That is the wrong way around. You don't want a green bottle that leaks because the material it’s made of starts degrading.”