Javier G. Fernandez is founder of Chitonous Ltd. in Singapore and Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design. In his research he is focussing on the broad study, advancement, and application of biological materials in Development Science and Technology. His work has been described as "the materials that will change the future of manufacturing" (Scientific American), "the materials that could change the word" (The Guardian), or "The missing piece of circular economy" (Engineering.com). In 2014 Javier G. Fernandez was awarded the world's most outstanding young researcher in materials science by the Bayer Foundation, in 2015 one of the ten Asia Innovators Under 35 by MIT, and in 2016 one of the top innovators in sustainability by the Launch Organization (NASA, US Agency for International Development, and US Department of State). In 2020 he was one of the 72 candidates nominated to the Technology Academy of Finland for the Millennium Technology Prize for my contributions to sustainable development.