From Plant to Polymer


From Plant to Polymer – First Cross-border ABC Conference in Maastricht, Netherlands


On 29th April 2016, the first ABC Applied Bio-based Materials Conference 2016 of Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Bio-based Materials (AMIBM) in Maastricht, Netherlands, took place. The AMIBM located at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, Netherlands, is the worldwide unique transnational research institute that bundles the industrial and scientific strengths along the value chain from plant to polymer. It summarises the forces of Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany, of Maastricht University, Maastricht/Netherlands, of Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, Aachen/Germany, and of Helmhholtz Institute of Applied Medical Engineering (AME), Aachen/Germany.

The conference’s target was to discuss the actual research results and future prospects in applying bio-based materials together with keynote speakers of industry and research. In future, premium products should be developed out of bio-based materials which help to improve the economic situation of EUREGIO new applications in medicine and automotive engineering. Bio4Self is a common project of ITA and the Maastricht University. This approach is aimed to substitute products based on fossil oil with bio-based manufactures. For further information please look at