Dr. Tomás J. MADERA-SANTANA is native from Mexico. He received a PhD in Marine Science at the CINVESTAV-IPN Unidad Merida, his project involved the extraction and characterization biopolymers from red seaweeds to produce biocomposites. Tomas is Senior Researcher of Materials for Food Packaging at the Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo (CIAD), A.C. He has been working on processing and characterization of bioplastics and biocomposites for food packaging and other applications. Since 2015, he is a member of the technical council of Weathering of Plastic Materials a thematic network supported by CONACyT of Mexico. He is the author of about 40 scientific publications of which several have been published in peer reviewed scientific journals.