Matthew grew up in Newcastle before completing his MChem at Heriot-Watt University, graduating with the William H Perkin prize for organic chemistry. During his exchange year at the University of New South Wales, he carried out a research project under Prof Martina Stenzel at the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, developing a RAFT synthesis of fucose-based glycopolymers. He then carried out an Royal Society of Chemistry funded summer placement in the lab of Dr Ai-Lan Lee working on palladium (II)-catalysed dehydrogenation/conjugate addition reactions as well as a summer placement working for Dr Ruaraidh McIntosh on early transition metal polymerisation catalysts. Under the supervision of Dr Ai-Lan Lee, he undertook his final year project on the metal-, photocatalyst- and light-free Minisci-type acylation and carbamoylation of heterocycles. Matthew will carry out his PhD under the supervision of Prof Andy Smith, working on Lewis-base catalysed enantioselective reactions. Outside of chemistry, Matthew enjoys surfing, climbing and cricket.