Dr. Pieter Samyn received Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2007 from Ghent University presenting his research on polymer tribology. He followed an academic career from 2000 to 2020 at Universities of Ghent, Freiburg, Toronto and Hasselt having different positions of assistant professor and visiting professor. In 2021, he joined the collective research centre Sirris as a Senior Researcher in Circular Economy and Renewable Materials. His experiences focus on synthesis, processing and characterization of bio-based materials for composites and coatings. He led research projects on bio-inspired adhesion mechanisms, protective coatings for papers, advanced analytics and processing of nanocomposites from bio-based building blocks. The latter were also used for the fabrication of composites with functional interfaces and in-build sensoring properties. His work was awarded with several distinctions including the Robert-Bosch Juniorprofessorship, Baden-Wurttemberg Juniorprofessorenprogramm, and Heinz-Maier Leibnitz Preis and FRIAS Fellowship. Currently, he assists companies in the implementation of bio-based polymer coatings and paints for industrial applications.