Stuart Cantrill joined Nature Publishing Group (now Springer Nature) in 2006 as part of the editorial team at Nature Nanotechnology. In early 2008, he was appointed to be the founding Chief Editor of Nature Chemistry, which launched in April 2009, and he remains in that position today. After graduating from the University of Birmingham in the UK, Stu obtained his PhD in chemistry from UCLA in 2001 (working with Fraser Stoddart), followed by postdoctoral research at Caltech (working with Bob Grubbs). He returned to UCLA in 2003 to teach organic chemistry and also take up his first job in journal publishing — running an editorial office for the ACS journal Organic Letters. Stu (very occasionally) blogs about chemistry and related topics at Chemical Connections and he tweets, from @stuartcantrill, probably too much, about chemistry, publishing, gin, and left-handed DNA.