03 June 2024
Whitepaper: Insulating with Mycelium Biocomposites
Mycelium biocomposieten, ontwikkeld met landbouwbijproducten en paddenstoelenmycelium, zijn een duurzaam alternatief voor traditionele fossiele bouwmaterialen. Het meest succesvolle mycelium biocomposiet-materiaal, gemaakt van koolzaadstro en Ganoderma resinaceum mycelium, blijkt ideaal voor isolatie. Lees alles over de resultaten van dit project in de whitepaper.
24 May 2024
Western North Brabant becomes hotspot for biobased building blocks for the construction industry
MNEXT, together with 10 partners in West-North Brabant and led by TNO, will be working together to make green building blocks with local tree and plant residues. From grass to glue, from sugar beet pulp to paint or from wood chips to insulation foam are examples of what the B4 project – Better Biobased Building Blocks - envisions. These building blocks not only make products for the construction industry more sustainable, but also provide scratch resistance, flame retardancy or UV resistance. Besides these technological innovations, the partners in this B4 project also share knowledge with students, companies and governments to prepare them for and involve them in this raw materials transition. This will transform Western North Brabant into a hotspot for biobased building blocks for the construction industry.   
02 May 2024
Master Materials & Energy Transition: Become a pioneer in the materials and energy transition!
Are you ready to learn how to implement technologies and make an impact as a professional? This is your chance! From September 2024, Avans University of Applied Sciences will launch the brand new Master of Science (MSc) in Materials & Energy Transition (MET)
22 April 2024
New professorship ‘Renewable Energy Carriers’
Never before has so much renewable energy been generated as in 2023. And never before has the task of continuing to accelerate been so significant - we are in the midst of the energy transition. To achieve a CO2-neutral energy supply by 2050, and stabilize atmospheric CO2 concentrations at a 350 ppm level, 30 TW of renewable energy will be needed worldwide. This is roughly equivalent to the output of 30,000 average power plants, each with a capacity of 1 GW. With the new MNEXT professorship in Renewable Energy Carriers, Professor Saleh Mohammadi will conduct research in the coming years on Renewable Energy Carriers through which all this sustainably generated energy is stored, transported, and delivered to the end-users.
22 April 2024
Green EGCh: Tools for the green chemistry transition
MNEXT, Avans, Curio, and their project partners have come together to launch a new research initiative in early 2024: 'Green EGCh – Green Energy Raw Materials & Chemistry'. This initiative is dedicated to developing practical tools for the transition to green chemistry. The project will include the creation of a campus outfitted with advanced equipment tailored for green chemistry, providing a space for everyone to conduct research, work, study, and gain hands-on experience. A Learning Community is also being established to facilitate the exchange of knowledge about green chemistry among stakeholders in the West Brabant region. The project involves crafting a strategic research agenda that aligns vocational schools, universities of applied sciences, and the broader community. Furthermore, a versatile educational offering is being prepared, targeting not only students and working professionals but also individuals looking to change careers.
15 April 2024
Martijn Zieverink inaugurated as Biobased Transitions professor
Biobased Transitions... an Uphill Battle?! Dat was het thema van de lectorale rede van Martijn Zieverink op 5 april in Breda. In zijn inaugurele speech gaf hij uitleg over de bijdrage die zijn lectoraat ‘Biobased Transities’ gaat leveren aan het bestrijden van de oorzaken van klimaatverandering. Tijdens deze middag kreeg Martijn zijn gepersonaliseerde lectorale keten uitgerekt door Jacomine Ravensbergen, lid en waarnemend voorzitter van het College van Bestuur van Avans Hogeschool.
08 April 2024
Whitepaper: Nature-Inclusive Principles
Urbanization is a significant cause of climate change, biodiversity loss, and greenhouse gas emissions. Nature-inclusive area development can counteract this, but it is still taking place on too small a scale to have a real impact. Over the past two years, MNEXT, in collaboration with other universities of applied sciences and stakeholders, has conducted research on principles to accelerate this transition. The main results have been neatly compiled in a whitepaper: Nature-Inclusive Principles.
05 April 2024
MycEoLA: a second life for mycelium biocomposites
The "MycEoLA" project originated from a question in the field: "What can we do with mycelium biocomposites after their use?" Over the next 2 years, this project is jointly conducted by the MNEXT Biobased Building professorship. It focuses on investigating end-of-life scenarios suitable for mycelium biocomposites, with the ultimate goal of achieving circularity and reducing waste.
03 April 2024
Biobased Battle 2024: Dutch and Finnish students join forces
In March, the 2nd edition of the four-day Biobased Battle took place. 142 students from 7 different universities of applied sciences from the Netherlands and Finland collaborated in multidisciplinary teams to tackle sustainability issues faced by companies. The goal? To present the best practical biobased solutions!
19 March 2024
From onion to oil in a sustainable way
The Netherlands annually produces approximately 1.5 megatons of onions, or 1,500,000 kilograms (Holland Onion Association, 2020), making it the world leader in onion exports. In the processing of these onions, a residual stream of approximately 30 kilotons, 30,000 kilograms, of sorted-out onions, trimmings, and peels is generated each year. Currently, these byproducts are underutilized in low-value applications. The project Mild Extraction of Essential Oils and Fats from Onion Residual Streams by MNEXT and Biorefinery investigates the possibilities of valorizing these residual streams into high-value applications.
15 March 2024
Coloring with Fungi
Imagine a colorful world where beauty goes hand in hand with sustainability. The colorant market is expected to reach a staggering €86.76 billion globally by 2030. However, let's be honest, conventional synthetic colors not only bring color but also pose risks to the environment and our health. This is where the new project "Turn FUnghi potentials into a COLorful future (TUFUCOL)" comes into play.
14 March 2024
To truly become circular, the petrochemical industry must get moving
In 2050, the Netherlands must be entirely circular. "If we want to achieve that goal, we must compel the petrochemical industry to engage with it," says Martijn Zieverink, lecturer in Biobased Transitions. "We can't rely solely on innovative, young companies to accomplish it."

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