Research department

Department of Biobased Materials

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.


  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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    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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Department of Biobased Materials

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.

Watch all of the video lectures here

Department of Biobased Materials lectures - trailer


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.