Dirk Vanderzande finished his PhD in 1986 under the supervision of Prof. G. Hoornaert (KU Leuven, Belgium). He moved to Hasselt University in 1987, was appointed Assistant Professor in 1992, and after a position as Associate Professor he became Full Professor in 2000. Since October 2010, he is appointed Director of the Institute for Materials Research (IMO-IMOMEC) at Campus Diepenbeek, a joint research institute of UHasselt and IMEC in the field of advanced materials. His research focuses on the synthetic and physical chemistry of conjugated polymers to be used as semiconductors in thin-film devices, e.g. organic solar cells.