David De Smet obtained his master's degree in chemistry from Ghent University in 2006 and obtained his PhD in pharmaceutical sciences at Ghent University in 2011.
The topic of his PhD study was the development of molecularly imprinted polymers and their application in mycotoxin analysis.
Since 2011 he is working at Centexbel (the Belgian textile research institute) as a research scientist in the group “textile functionalisation and surface modification”. His field of expertise includes the implementation of biomaterials and ecofriendly materials in textile coating and finishing.
In 2015 he received the TechTextil Innovation Award in the category new materials.