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The first class of the Master of Biobased Materials graduated in mid-July. At the festive ceremony at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, course director Menno Knetsch stressed that the course is more than just science. ‘Besides knowledge and understanding, you need passion and drive to play a part in the transition to a biobased/circular economy.’
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The Master course developed by Maastricht University, a multidisciplinary two-year programme, started at the end of 2015. At the time Knetsch said: ‘We go through the entire chain of polymer production, which means that biotechnology, chemistry and materials science are all reviewed.’ The ultimate aim is to develop applications, which is why the business sector – including DSM and Sabic – is involved in the structure of the teaching programme. Knetsch during the ceremony: ‘Theory is not the be-all and end-all. In the end, it is the market that has to make the difference. That is why feedback from the business sector is essential to keep students up to the mark.’

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