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 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.

About

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 was officially opened on the 9th of December 2016

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.

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.

News

  • 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
  • Feature

    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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  • Lim­burg en Nor­drhein-West­fa­len aan de slag met grens­vraag­stuk­ken

    Limburg and North Rhine-Westphalia working on border issues

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    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.

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  • Barcelona beach

    International research collaboration facilitated at UM

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Two UM researchers tell about their experiences abroad, with the Yerun Research Mobility Award.

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  • Brightlands Chemelot Campus

    Safety at Chemelot

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    In a report published today, the Dutch Safety Board concludes that current safety and risk management at the complex comply with the applicable regulations and rules.

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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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  • AMIBM Logo

    AMIBM researcher selected for YERUN Researcher Mobility Awards

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    The Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN) has announced the final selection for the first Researcher Mobility Awards (RMA)

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  • AMIBM - Wood

    Sustainable cellulose nano-fibers reinforce materials

    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    The versatility of wood as construction material has been credited for thousands of years; even during – as well as beyond – the fossil era.

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  • AMIBM - Fibers our Future Young Talent Award

    ITA student Kira Heins receives 'Fibers - our Future' Young Talent Award

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    On September 22, Prof. Dr. Kai Klopp, chairman of the sponsorship society for the promotion of the Institut für Texiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University bestowed the “Fibers - our Future” Young Talent Award upon ITA student Kira Heins.

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  • FHS Ben Feringa

    “You don’t need to be in Harvard or MIT to win a Nobel Prize”

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Nobel Prize winner prof. Ben Feringa was the guest of honour yesterday at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus during the Collegetour. During this event it became very apparent that Ben Feringa is a man with a passion for science, who loves his students but still has his feet firmly planted on the ground.

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  • Biobased Materials - Graduates

    First graduates of UM's Biobased Materials MSc

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    After two years of hard work, the first graduates received their well-deserved diplomas for the master’s programme Biobased Materials.

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  • AMIBM - Research

    Saudi Aramco to support research in Biobased Materials by AMIBM

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    We are pleased to announce that leading energy and chemicals company Saudi Aramco, is supporting a research programme on the Sustainability of Biobased Materials in a circular economy, at the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM).

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  • Yvonne van der Meer joins Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

    Yvonne van der Meer member scientific committee of the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

    Monday, May 22, 2017 Read more
  • AMIBM - Prof. Schilberg

    AMIBM hosts 2nd annual Applied Biobased Materials Conference

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    On the 12th of May, the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) hosted the 2nd annual Applied Biobased materials Conference (ABC) in the inspiring surroundings of the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen.

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  • AMIBM - Richard Ramakers reveives the Ralf Raue award

    AMIBM wins Ralf Raue Innovation Award 2017

    Monday, May 15, 2017

    During the BIOMEDICA Life Sciences Summit, which took place on 9-10 May in Eindhoven (NL), the Ralf Raue Innovation Award for Life Sciences 2017 was awarded to the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMBIM).

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  • Biobased Materials - plastic

    Myth: bioplastics will solve the trashproblem

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Newspaper de Observant has published an interview with Associate Professor Yvonne van der Meer to bust the myths surrounding (bio)plastic

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Events

Stories

Plastic: the good, the bad and the ugly

Plastic: the good, the bad and the ugly

20-07-2018

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.