The materials of the 21th century
Polymeric materials protect our food in a safe way from being spoilt and thrown away. They make cars lighter, so they consume less fuel and emit less carbon dioxide. They conserve energy by insulating our houses or guiding light into our solar panels. New plastic technologies emerge, leading to solar cells or LED lighting in TVs, all based on polymers. Innovative processing technologies are being explored, such as 3D printing, also called Additive Manufacturing. Possibilities in future applications based on plastics are virtually endless.
Welcome to our world of plastics!
Polymeric materials, or plastics, offer great opportunities for a large variety of new applications. For a sustainable world, a circular economy, and therefore the end-of-use of plastics based applications, is an important factor the Brightlands Materials center considers.
The world population will continue to grow in the 21st century to become nine billion by 2050. The need for new sustainable products and materials will grow with it as well. This asks for an efficient way of using and re-using materials. The Brightlands Materials Center will take up this responsibility and dedicate its research and development programs and other activities to a sustainable society.
Get access to the latest knowledge and insights in plastics
Speed up your time to market by collaboration
Enrich your research with application-driven challenges from the industry and valorize your knowledge
Share expensive research costs and funding sources for excellent research
Acquire leads for new business and innovation
Increase appeal to talented students and leading scientists by working closely together with the industry
Inspiring and developing the next generation of talent with the right skills and mindset for the polymeric materials field by attracting and connecting industry, academia and entrepreneurs, boosting sustainable development based on the latest knowledge.
The heart of the Brightlands Materials Center is an evolving ecosystem where scientific excellence, innovative applications and societal challenges come together.
The Brightlands Materials Center offers a meeting place at Brightlands Chemelot Campus and close collaboration with a global network of leading companies along the value chain and renowned universities and institutes.
In our shared research programs, where scientists, R&D researchers and students come and work together, we secure application-driven research along the whole chain of knowledge.
“I have always been fascinated by the endless possibilities of polymeric materials. I believe they can play a very important role in the development of a more sustainable society. Brightlands Materials Center is an exciting new concept with inspiring innovation opportunities!”
Yearly Turnover (€ - millions)
Base funding: Province of Limburg and TNO
Brightlands Materials Center works together with people who want to make a difference in the world and upgrade their careers. Our people are specialized in the following technology platforms: