Matthew Rosseinsky obtained a degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and a D. Phil under the supervision of Professor P. Day, FRS in 1990. He was a Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey where his work with D.W. Murphy, A.F. Hebard and R.C. Haddon led to the discovery of superconductivity in alkali metal fullerides. In 1992, he was appointed University Lecturer at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, where he remained until 1999 when he moved to the University of Liverpool as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He was awarded the inaugural de Gennes Prize for Materials Chemistry by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009 and the C.N.R. Rao Award of the Chemical Research Society of India in 2010. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008, he was awarded the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society in 2011. In March 2013 he became a Royal Society Research Professor. He is a member of the UK Science Minister’s Advanced Materials Leadership Council, and of the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. His work addresses the synthesis of new functional materials for energy and information storage applications, and has been characterised by extensive collaboration with many academic and industrial colleagues.