Mike Turner is Professor of Materials Chemistry (www.omec.org.uk/MLTurner/) and Director of the Organic Materials Innovation Centre (www.omic.org.uk) within the School of Chemistry. He obtained his first degree and a PhD from the University of Bristol, working with Professor Selby Knox on the synthesis of new organometallic complexes, before moving to the United States to work with Professor Harry Allcock investigating new routes to polyphosphazenes. He returned to the UK to work at the University of Sheffield with Professor Peter Maitlis on the mechanism of the Fischer-Tropsch reaction and was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 1993 to investigate the synthesis of novel polymers. He joined the staff of the Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield as a Reader in 2000 and in April 2004 moved to the University of Manchester to a Chair in Materials Chemistry and to be Director of OMIC. Professor Turner is coordinator of the Organic Materials for Electronics Consortium (www.omec.org.uk) and was Senior Editor for Reactive and Functional Polymers 2002-8. He is principal investigator for the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (www.materialschemistry.org) at the University of Manchester. The KCMC is a virtual centre of expertise providing multi-disciplinary research and innovative knowledge transfer based on world class capabilities in applied materials chemistry.