After Bachelor studies in Chemistry at Hasselt University, Frederik Verstraeten received his Master education from the Technical University of Eindhoven, where he graduated “Cum Laude”. His Master thesis dealt with the synthesis and characterization of hexaarylbiimidazole based mechanophores and was conducted in the group of Prof. Sijbesma. This work was published in Chemical Communications. Additionally, his research at the TUe was awarded with the Unilever research price 2016. Currently, he is working on a PhD project in the DSOS group at Hasselt university (as an FWO PhD scholar) dealing with the development of high-performance ultra-low bandgap copolymers for near-infrared photodetectors.