Prof Alberto Saiani was awarded an European PhD in 1997 by the Université Louis Pasteur, (Strasbourg, France). Following his PhD he was awarded a Fellowship by the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), which allowed him to spend one year as postdoctoral research fellow at Osaka University (Japan). In 1998 he was recruited as postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College in the Chemical Engineering department where he staid two years. In September 2000 he was appointed to a lectureship at the Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France) and in September 2002 he was appointed to a lectureship in Molecular Materials in the School of Materials, The University of Manchester. In 2013 he was awarded an EPSRC Fellowship and founded a company dedicated to the commercialisation of the peptide hydrogel technology developed in his group.