As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
From about 7 years old, I was always taking stuff apart to build new things like lasers and computers, but they never worked. I wanted to know why, so I dreamed of being a scientist.
Were you good at science at school?
I wanted to be, but I struggled to concentrate and messed around a lot.
Explain what you do in one paragraph.
I’m a chemistry professor who loves inventing stuff to understand things. Right now, we are trying to build an alien life form, to control chemistry with computers and to see …