Maastricht University

Maastricht University (MU) hosts about 16,000 students in international BA, MA and graduate programs and 2,000 academics. In the 2014 QS ranking of young research universities MU, ranks 4th as best young university in Europe. MU has since 2012 a research institute specifically dedicated to “Biobased Materials”, the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM). MU also hosts the first international Master program on Biobased Materials in Europe. MU was partner in the EU FP7 with over 700 projects, while coordinated more than 150 projects. MU has been awarded the European Commission’s “HR Excellence in Research” logo in 2015.

In close collaboration with industrial partners, AMIBM hunts for novel biobased materials and hosts experts in molecular biology, (bio) organic chemistry, polymerization, materials physics, textile and medical engineering, and sustainability assessments to perform research along the value chain: synthesis of new bio-based building blocks, synthesis of materials with building blocks and detecting/evaluating the unique functionality and sustainability performance of the resulting materials. Research is done in molecular characterization, molecular modelling, life cycle assessment, polymer physics and polymer technology, including chemical modifications of polymeric materials, nanocomposites and improving thermo-mechanical and/or electrical properties.