The Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy, the collaboration between HZ University of Applied Sciences and Avans University of Applied Sciences, has been called MNEXT since June 2023.

The materials and energy transition is a big challenge, but MNEXT is positive about the future. It sees and seizes opportunities to accelerate. Together. MNEXT forms the bridge between innovation and society. By conducting applied research with students, teachers, researchers and stakeholders. By working together on educational innovation. This is how the materials and energy transition gets moving.

What do these transitions have in common? They refer to a transition from traditional, fossil, unsustainable materials and energy to sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives. Within the materials domain, MNEXT focuses on replacing traditional (fossil) materials with biobased (rapidly renewable) materials. On the other hand, within the energy transition, it focuses on energy conservation and integrating renewable sources into our energy system.

Ongoing projects

Practical research and educational innovation within MNEXT are carried out in an average of 50 ongoing projects in which companies, governments and knowledge institutions work together. These projects are carried out in lectorates, research groups with specific areas of interest. The focus in all lectorates is on technological developments that can contribute to both transitions.

Central intersection

The activities of MNEXT are tailored to the needs of the business community. MNEXT provides well-trained professionals and offers a central knowledge hub for education, research and facilitation in the field of materials and energy transition.


MNEXT is a Centre of Expertise, a public-private partnership of knowledge institutions, industry and governments. It is a collaboration between HZ University of Applied Sciences and Avans University of Applied Sciences.

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