Marek W. Urban is the J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry (courtesy) at Clemson University. He received MS in Chemistry from Marquette University, PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Eng. Department from Michigan Technological University, and postdoctoral at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining Clemson University, he was a professor of polymer science at NDSU and USM, where he directed the Materials Research Science and Engineering (MRSEC) as well as Industry/University Cooperative Research (I/U CRC) Centers funded by the National Science Foundation. He is the author of over 400 research publications and patents, author of four and editor of seven books. His research on antimicrobial polymers and self-healing polymers has been featured by numerous media, including NSF, NY Times, Forbes, BBC, NBC, Discovery, USA Today, Yahoo, and many others. He is the Fellow of American Chemical Society PMSE Division, the Royal Society of Chemistry, American Institute of Chemists, and recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Chemical Pioneer Award from Chemical Heritage Foundation. Current research efforts focus on the development of polymeric materials with ‘living-like’ functions, self-healing polymers, and new generations of materials with adaptable, sensing, and signaling functions as well as molecular level processes governing macromolecular responsiveness.