Xiaodong Chen is President’s Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics (by courtesy) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is also the scientific director and principal scientist at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) at A*STAR, Singapore. His research interests include mechanomaterials for flexible devices, sense digitalization and programmable materials for energy conversion. Recently, he has been leading efforts to create conformable sensors for communication with plants. So far, he has published over 330 high profiled scientific articles and serves as member of the editorial board of more than ten prestigious international journals. An internationally renowned and prolific scientist, he was awarded more than ten reputable awards and fellowships, including recently the Falling Walls 2021 award in Engineering and Technology.