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.


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.


  • 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 lid van 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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  • Location Chemelot Campus

    VNCI scholarship students contribute ideas for pilot plants on Chemelot

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    On Friday the 20th of January, the 25 top students with a VNCI scholarship partook in an elaborate meet and greet on the Brightlands Chemelot campus. The day was dedicated to the use and development of the pilot plants for the Chemical industry.

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  • Biobased Textile

    Textile from biobased material via BioTex Fieldlab soon to be available

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    MODINT, AMIBM and CHILL have pulled together to set up an open innovation center for research into the development of fibers and yarns from biopolymers. The center will develop new textile production processes and –applications for this.

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    Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials laboratory opens

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    On 9 December, the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) is opening 1500 m² of new laboratories at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus.

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  • Department of Biobased Materials - Centercourt

    Maastricht University develops innovative learning environment on Brightlands Chemelot Campus

    Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    Maastricht University is developing an innovative learning environment in the field of biobased materials for talented students and professionals on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen.

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  • Stinging Nettle

    AMIBM welcomes Chinese PhD researcher

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    The Chinese Scholarship Council has announced that they have granted a scholarship to a PhD-student to come to the Maastricht University for developing a novel wound dressing that is completely derived from the stinging nettle Urtica dioica.

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  • Applied Biobased Materials Conference (ABC) 2016

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    The first edition of the Applied Biobased Materials Conference (ABC) was a great success

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  • Buildings 1 & 4 renovation starting soon

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

    This year, the buildings 1 & 4 will be prepared for accommodating startup companies and AMIBM (Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials). The current users (DSM ACES and DBIS) have already moved to other offices and facilities (or they will shortly) and a major renovation of these buildings will take place this year.

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  • Maastricht University and RWTH Aachen University formalise biobased materials collaboration

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    On Monday 18 January, RWTH Aachen University and Maastricht University signed a contract to formalise their structural collaboration in the Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus.

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  • Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials gets to work at Chemelot

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    The Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) is getting started at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. At an on-campus meeting on Wednesday 6 November, the initiators, Maastricht University (UM) and RWTH Aachen University, presented the professors who will be joining the AMIBM project team. It was also announced that the tender for the research equipment had been published. The partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (Fraunhofer IME) in Aachen has also been developed further and the future research programmes have been detailed in a strategic plan.

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