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Today, 9 December, the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) opened its 1500 m2 of new laboratories at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard/Geleen.
Editorial office / Geleen

The institute presented new facilities and initiatives, such as the ‘bi-component wet spinning line’ for the development of medical fibres, which is the only one of its kind in the world. Within AMIBM, Maastricht University (UM), RWTH Aachen and Fraunhofer work together in a unique partnership.

The Brightlands Chemelot Campus is the place for triple helix cooperation in the field of new materials. More than 50 employees from the three cooperating partners are working on the development of innovative and sustainable materials, such as materials constructed with the waste from mechanically peeled shrimp, using the help of deep-sea bacteria.

Both national as well as disciplinary boundaries are being crossed at AMIBM, where biologists, chemists, engineers and medical practitioners from 16 countries work together. ‘People from around the world are applying to work with us. Working towards a non-petrol based economy in this dynamic location really appeals to people,’ says managing director Richard Ramakers. AMIBM was realised with support from the Province of Limburg, as part of the ‘Kennis-As Limburg’ project.

The next issue of Agro&Chemie will contain an article about the new AMIBM labs.