Our mission at AMIBM is to replace traditional polymer building blocks with innovative and sustainable alternatives for the development of novel and environmentally beneficial materials. Our research programme involves interdisciplinary research in at least four key sectors along the biobased materials value chain, each striving for a higher grade of sophistication than the current state-of-the-art.
Biobased Materials are materials that are (partly) made from biological components. Over the past decades it has become clear that the chemical industry has to look for biological renewable feedstocks to produce sustainable plastics and materials in the immediate future. Alternative sources also provide the opportunity to develop materials with new and advanced properties for all kinds of applications.
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's goal is to develop these novel materials into innovative products for technical and medical applications.
Molecular and applied biotechnology
The mission of the Molecular and applied biotechnology research group is to develop enabling technologies for the sustainable production of biobased building blocks and materials by optimising plants and microbes.
Biobased monomers and polymers
The group Biobased monomers and polymers explores both the synthesis of the building blocks through (bio)organic chemical methods, as well as their incorporation into polymer materials.
Polymer physics and technology
The Polymer physics and technology research line bridges polymer chemistry with polymer physics addressing molecular and physical characteristics of the synthesised polymers including structure development at the quiescent and defined flow conditions.
The Polymer engineering group develops and demonstrates high-performance materials based on biobased molecules.
Biobased materials for medicine
In particular, our group is focused on integration of novel biomaterials and advanced fiber-based technologies to develop functional tissue substitutes.
Sustainability of materials
The Sustainability of materials research group investigates the sustainability of materials over their entire life cycle.