Jules Harings is associate professor and group leader Macromolecular Physics & Technology at the Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials at Maastricht University. He received his PhD in Polymer Technology from Eindhoven Technical University under supervision of Prof. S. Rastogi and Prof. P.J. Lemstra (2009). After a four year’s period as research Scientist and project leader fiber physics and new product development at Teijin Aramid, where he received the Teijin global best R&D award in 2011, he returned to academics at Maastricht University in 2013. Currently he chairs the board of examiners of the Masters Systems Biology and BioBased Materials and coordinates several BioBased Master courses. His focus as principle investigator in the Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials is studying, understanding and technically exploiting the intrinsic functionality of biobased (macro)molecules like polarity and chirality in steering bio-inspired processing-structure-function relationships in (i) additive manufacturing and fiber spinning in e.g. regenerative medicine, and (ii) water actuated structural refinement, functionalization and biodegradability for timed polyamide performance.