S. Lanceros-Mendez graduated in physics at the University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Physics of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany. He was Research Scholar at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA and visiting scientist at the, Pennsylvania State University, USA and University of Potsdam. He is Associate Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Minho, Portugal and from 2012 to 2014 he was also Associate Rsearcher at the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory. In january 2016 he joined the BCMaterials, Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, Bilbao, Spain as Ikerbasque Professor. His work is focused in the area of polymer based smart materials for sensors and actuators, energy and biomedical applications, with over 370 ISI papers and 10 patents in the field.