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Mike obtained his M.Chem. from Durham University, and his Ph.D. from Imperial College London, UK with Nicholas J. Long and Tim Albrecht (now at the University of Birmingham). He spent two years at Columbia University, U.S.A. as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (outgoing phase), exploring new directions at the interface between synthetic chemistry and charge transport physics. Based in the group of Latha Venkataraman he prepared and measured new materials for single-molecule electronics, with a focus on redox-active systems and self-assembled monolayers. In October 2017 he returned to Europe, and will spend the final year of his Fellowship working with Philippe Hapiot and Yann R. Leroux at the University of Rennes 1, France (return phase). Given a spare afternoon, he likes to blog about chemistry and life as a researcher at Six Point Zero Two.

In January 2019, Mike will join the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.