Nicholas Leadbeater received a PhD in chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a BSc in chemistry (highest honors) from the University of Nottingham, UK. He has been a professor of chemistry at the University of Connecticut (UConn) since 2004. His main area of research is in the field of organic chemistry, specifically developing methods to make molecules in cleaner, greener ways. He has a passion for teaching and mentorship. Nicholas has developed new lecture and lab-based courses, training future chemists through exposure to state-of-the-art chemical reactions, equipment, and educational tools. He has also incorporated undergraduate students into UConn’s research work, giving them an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to ongoing projects and helping them develop their critical, communication, and interpersonal skills.