The researchers within AMIBM participate in a number of research projects. They collaborate closely with other universities and research institutes as well as the industry. AMIBM is involved in contract research for the industry and numerous collaborative research projects, funded among others by the Province of Limburg, the Dutch government or the European Commission.
Enzymatic conversion of Chitin into high value compounds
Chitin is a long-chain polymer of N-acetylglucosamine, which is a derivative of glucose. Chitin is the main component of the exoskeleton of crustaceans, such as crabs, shrimp, and insects.
Biobased adhesives for composites (BIOAC)
The objective for this project is to tailor glass transition temperature and ductility in bio-based adhesives, aiming to develop light weight, high impact composites that will result in a reduction of its carbon foot print.
Novel aromatic monomers from biomass
Aromatic monomers, like terephthalic acid, can provide excellent thermal and mechanical properties when incorporated into polymers. Most aromatic monomers are now fossil feedstock based and few bio-based alternatives are available.
Alternative biobased precursors for a sustainable and affordable production of carbon fibres
The starting grant “Alternative biobased precursors for a sustainable and affordable production of carbon fibres” aims at developing more sustainable carbon fibres.
Elastin mimetic polymer-peptide hybrids
The goal of this project is to engineer functional cardiovascular tissues that have the ability to provide long-term functionality when introduced into the body.
Expertise network for the sustainability assessment of biobased materials
This project is a stepping stone towards the development of an international collaboration focusing on the quantification and interpretation of the sustainability impact of biobased materials and processes in the Euregio.
Poly-lactide (PLA) is one of the most known biocompatible and biodegradable polyesters and it is Food and Drug Administration approved for medical as well as food packaging applications.
Technology development for the production of functionalized biobased aromatics.
The Robox project demonstrates the techno-economic viability of biotransformations of four types of robust oxidative enzymes.
Moleculair design of high-end materials for 3D printing
For the professionalizing and promotion of 3D printing of polymer materials, this proposed research focusses on the optimization of polymer materials on a molecular level tailored to the use in existing and still to be developed hardware.
BIO4SELF aims at fully biobased self-reinforced polymer composites (SRPC).
Polymer membranes based on renewable copolymers
NWO has announced that in the context of the ‘Fonds Nieuwe Chemische Innovaties’ (NCI), they have granted a subsidy for the collaboration between Maastricht University and SABIC for the research on polymer membranes on the basis of renewable copolymers.
Biobased Materials Plus
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.
Novel wound dressing derived from stinging nettles
The Chinese Scholarship Council 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.
The goal of the project BioTex Fieldlab is co-create the development of new textile products, based on innovative fibers from biobased polymers.
Synthesis of polymers for healthcare applications
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) is one of the most commonly used polymers for the production of prostheses. The polymer can be synthesized using monomers from fossil base as well as bio-based sources such as bio-ethanol.
Sustainable cellulose nano-fibers reinforce materials
Sappi and Maastricht University are developing a novel environmentally friendly manufacturing technology for plastics with advanced functionality.
In the GraSage project, Dutch, German, Spanish and Flemish partners will strongly collaborate the understanding and modelling of the influence of graphene on polymer materials.
The main goal of the BB100 project is the development of a process chain towards fully bio-based man-made fibre materials.