Biobased Materials are materials that are (partly) made from renewable biological components. Over the past decades it has become clear that the chemical industry has to look for biological renewable feedstocks to produce plastics and materials in the post-fossil era. Alternative sources also provide the opportunity to develop materials with new and advanced properties for all kinds of applications.
The versatility of wood as construction material has been credited for thousands of years; even during – as well as beyond – the fossil era.
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.
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.
Maastricht University’s Department of Biobased Materials is located at the world leading innovation location Brightlands Chemelot Campus.
The department has two main pillars; education and research. The education pillar represents the Biobased Materials master programme, which is now in its second year and is rapidly becoming one of the best programmes in its field. The research pillar represents an international group of scientists that participate in projects within the institutes AMIBM (Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials) and Chemelot InSciTe (Institute for Science and Technology).
The multidisciplinary team has accumulated scientists with expertise in organic chemistry, biocatalysis, leaders in the field of new biobased blocks, polymer chemistry, polymer physics, polymer engineering, material science, tissue engineering, sustainability evaluations, and biobased & biomedical materials applications.
Video Lecture Series
Department of Biobased Materials presents a series of video-lectures which explains terms like: sustainability, green, biodegradable and biobased.
“It is wonderful that you can, or actually have to, make a direct connection from the laboratory where you make the first grams to the way we are going to manage to do it in a pilot plant."
“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.”
"My ambition is that all materials will be sustainable in the future and that's also the reason why I cooperate in InSciTE with universities and companies."
The Department of Biobased Materials’ mission is to promote world-class multidisciplinary research and education in the field of Biobased Materials. By training students with the multiple skills needed to be future leaders in this field, and creating research breakthroughs that will enable the utilization of sustainable and renewable materials for advanced material applications.