Dave Smith is Professor of Chemistry at University of York, where he carries out fundamental research into smart supramolecular nanomaterials and nanomedicines, publishing ca. 150 research papers, and with an h-index >50. In particular, he is well-known for research into self-assembled gels and multivalent nanosystems with medicinal applications. He is a passionate educator, giving outreach lectures to >30,000 UK school students and developing his own YouTube chemistry channel, with over half a million views. Dave has been recognised for excellence both in research and teaching, having received the Corday Morgan Award in 2012 from The Royal Society of Chemistry and a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in 2013. In 2014, he was nominated as one of the RSC’s 175 diverse ‘Faces of Chemistry’. As @professor_dave, he was listed as one of C&EN’s Top 20 chemists to follow on Twitter. Dave entered into a civil partnership with his husband Sam in 2010. They live in central York, with their adopted son, where they enjoy the vibrant and historic city, and like cooking and travelling.