Andrew Heard (born in 1994) studied Chemistry at the University of Warwick, with a year in industry at DSM Specialty Resins in Zwolle, the Netherlands. His final year MChem project was investigating stereocontrolled organocatalytic ring-opening polymerisations, under the supervision of Prof Andrew Dove. In 2017, Andrew joined the group of Prof. Stephen Goldup at the University of Southampton, studying the synthesis and applications of mechanically planar chiral rotaxanes as ligands for enantioselective catalysis – culminating in a publication in Chem 2020, 6, 994-1006. In 2021, Andrew joined the Nitschke group at the University of Cambridge. Outside of the lab, Andrew enjoys playing guitar, reading, and Jimi Hendrix trivia.