Marek M. Kowalczuk is a professor at the Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Polish Academy of Sciences, Zabrze, Poland, and head of the Group of Innovation, Technology and Analysis Service. He received a PhD degree in 1984 from the Faculty of Chemistry, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland, and a D.Sc. degree in 1994 from the same University. Since 2010 he has been a professor of chemistry, nominated by the President of Poland. He was a visiting professor at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH, USA), a visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA, USA), a Marie Curie EU fellow at the University of Bologna (Italy), and a professor in synthetic/polymer chemistry at the University of Wolverhampton (UK). Recently, he has been elected as a member of the Chemistry Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is the author and co-author of over 170 scientific papers and a score of patents. His main scientific interests are biodegradable and functional polymer biomaterials, novel initiators and mechanisms of anionic polymerization related to the synthesis of biodegradable polymers possessing desired architecture, biodegradation of synthetic and natural polymers, polymer mass spectrometry, and forensic engineering of advanced polymeric materials.