Jim was born in Fife, Scotland in 1995. He obtained his undergraduate and master’s degree (MChem) from the University of Edinburgh in 2018. His 4th year was spent working in R&D for the organic thin film transistors team at Merck Chemical’s ltd in Southampton, England. Inspired to further develop his organic synthesis skills, he subsequently undertook his Master’s degree project in the lab of Professor Alison Hulme at Edinburgh, working on the synthesis of small molecule binders to the cyclophilin family of proteins. After a gap year studying Mandarin and teaching English in Wuhan, China, he joined the Stoddart group in November 2019. His research centers on the integration of artificial molecular pumps into soft and rigid matter platforms.