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Chemistry: key to the future
Chemistry is an important sector for Sittard-Geleen and one of the economic sectors highlighted for priority investment in the Dutch top sectors policy. Brightlands Chemelot Campus is the leading centre in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine for enterprise, teaching, and research in chemistry and materials. Brightlands Chemelot Campus is home to a number of knowledge institutions for teaching and research in the sciences, chemistry, and biobased materials.
Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs (CHILL)
Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs (CHILL) is a joint venture between SABIC, DSM, Leeuwenborgh Regional Training Centre, Arcus College, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, and Maastricht University. CHILL's mission is clear: Creating an innovative learning, working, and research environment where educational institutions (from secondary vocational education to university) and industry (from SMEs to multinationals) work together towards the advancement of knowledge and the development of new products. CHILL is providing for the need for an adequate supply of excellently trained personnel in the chemical sector, and also making a contribution to profiling modern chemistry and its role in a liveable society.
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Maastricht Science Programme
On Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Maastricht University has set up a laboratory for use by the Maastricht Science Programme, where students in the programme are gaining practical knowledge in chemistry, biology, and the physical sciences. The Maastricht Science Programme is a liberal arts & science programme educating students in the natural sciences. Students build their own curriculum and take courses (primarily in Maastricht, at the university), do practical work (primarily on Brightlands Chemelot Campus), and conduct projects, and are also given the opportunity to work on a research project for a semester, either within the university or as a work placement at a company, to conclude with a Bachelor's thesis. The programme makes a contribution towards reducing the shortage of knowledge workers in the sciences.
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Aachen Maastricht Institute for biobased materials (AMIBM)
Maastricht University and RWTH Aachen University have partnered in a European Cooperation of Excellence for Biobased Materials. This new institute for modern biomaterials research is housed on Brightlands Chemelot Campus. This research is intended to lead to the replacement of traditional building blocks for polymers by sustainable alternatives, and to the development of new innovative biobased materials.
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Institute for Science and Technology (InSciTe)
The universities of Maastricht and Eindhoven are joining forces with DSM to combine and advance their knowledge of biomedical and biobased materials. At InSciTe, they are conducting research into subjects such as new technologies for replacing worn bones and organs with products grown from the body's own tissues. Other topics of research include smart medicine release, implants, and new surgical materials and techniques. The Institute is also planning research on biobased building blocks for polymer materials. The soon-to-be established Chemelot Institute for Science and Technology will be located on Brightlands Chemelot Campus, but some of its research will continue to be conducted at the two partner universities.