Originally from the North West of England, near to Liverpool, I went north to the University of St Andrews for my undergraduate chemistry (MChem) degree. There I undertook summer research projects with Prof Andy D. Smith (1st year) and Prof Doug Philp (2nd year). My third year was spent working at GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage, and in my final year I completed my Masters Project in Prof Philp's group. That project explored self-replicating molecules, which could be considered the ingredients for the emergence of life in the universe. The project sparked my interest in supramolecular and physical-organic chemistry.
I then moved to the University of Oxford to work with Prof Harry L. Anderson for my DPhil (Oxford's name for a PhD). During my DPhil I explored electronic delocalization molecular wires: specifically, porphyrin oligomers. The project gave me extensive experience in the fundamentals of conjugated polymer chemistry.
In April 2017 I was fortunate enough to be awarded a Lindemann Trust Fellowship from the English Speaking Union, which supports my current work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I work in Prof Timothy M. Swager's group, exploring magneto-optical polymers and other materials.