Frederik Desplentere graduated as a master in mechanical engineering in 1999. In 2007, he obtained his Phd in materials engineering. From 2004 on, he is involved in the applied research on polymer processing combining material characterization, numerical simulations and validation experiments valid for injection molding, extrusion technology and thermoforming. Up to date lab equipment is present both to perform material characterization and instrumented processing. In 2013, Frederik Desplentere became a professor within the materials engineering department of KU Leuven Bruges Campus. Nowadays, he is the head of the Propolis research group which counts 20 members. The research group is mainly focusing on sustainable polymer processing; several projects are performed on the processing of recycled or biobased materials.