Salvatore Pillitteri, PhD, studied Physics at the University of Liège (Belgium). He completed his PhD thesis on granular compaction under the supervision of Professor Nicolas Vandewalle and developed expertise in the field of granular materials. His work is part of the European project PowderReg. The aim of this project was to boost the competitiveness and attractiveness of the Grande Région (Großregion) and is part of a plan to optimise processes applicable to industrially relevant powders within the highly developed sectors such as agrifood, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and construction. After his thesis defence, Dr Pillitteri started a career at Granutools as a Particle Scientist to apply his knowledge in granular science to industrial problems.