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Brightlands Materials Center

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. Brightlands Materials Center will take up this responsibility and dedicate its research and development programs and other activities to a sustainable society.

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 emit less carbon dioxide or have a longer range. They conserve energy by insulating our houses or guiding light into our solar panels. They provide in-body implants to improve our health, they deliver drugs to the right place and at the right moment.

At the same time plastic packaging designed for single use has resulted in incredible amounts of waste, dramatically impacting nature and in particular sea life. Degradation of plastic products into tiny micro-parts is threatening animal life. This poses an enormous responsibility to come up with more sustainable and circular solutions.

Brightlands Materials Center wants to contribute to a sustainable and healthy future by applying its extensive materials knowledge to the development of innovative and well-designed new applications meeting industrial and societal needs.

Our Mission

Brightlands Materials Center develops innovative materials solutions for a sustainable future, with inspired talents and in collaborations with industry, academia and entrepreneurs.

We are committed to support the Green Deal ambitions of the European Union. We follow the Dutch mission-oriented innovation policy focusing especially on the energy transition and the materials transition into a circular economy. We are a proud partner of the first European Circular Hub around Chemelot in the south of the Netherlands.

We are inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In particular Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal 9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production and Goal 13 Climate Action.

Annual reportsContact us
  • 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

What we do differently

Shared Research
The heart of Brightlands Materials Center is an evolving ecosystem where scientific excellence, innovative applications and societal challenges come together.

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.

Meet our People

Brightlands Materials Center works with inspired scientists, technicians, project managers and business developers who want to make a difference in their work impacting the outside world. Our people are specialized in the following technology platforms:

  • Mechanical properties of polymeric materials
  • Optical properties of coatings and polymer films
  • Polymer melt processing, such as extrusion and injection molding
  • Properties and processing of thermoplastic composite parts
  • Wet chemical coating
  • Synthesis of nanoparticles
  • Knowledge of interfaces and adhesion
  • Additive manufacturing of polymeric materials for structural and biomedical applications
  • Modeling and numerical simulation of polymer processing and product properties
  • Analysis and Understanding of nano- and microstructure
  • Polymer testing and analysis

Brightlands Materials Center offers a home for students, in particular BSc, MSc and PhD student to do (part of) their internship or practical assignment in its facilities. We believe in the power of self-engaged students to come up with new ideas, new concepts or new directions.

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Koen Janssen

Managing Director

PhD Students
Post Docs
Yearly Turnover (€ - millions)
Base funding: Province of Limburg and TNO