Nico Bruns studied Chemistry at the Universities of Freiburg (Germany) and Edinburgh (Scotland). He graduated from the University of Freiburg as Diplom-Chemiker in 2003 and, under the supervision of Prof. Jörg C. Tiller and Prof. Rolf Mülhaupt, undertook a PhD in Macromolecular Chemistry, which he obtained in 2007. In his doctoral work, Nico investigated amphiphilic polymer conetworks as nanostructured support for biocatalysts. From 2007 to 2008, he continued his academic career as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Douglas S. Clark at the University of California, Berkeley, where he explored biotechnologically engineered protein cages as mechano-responsive sensor molecules in polymeric materials. Upon returning to Europe, Nico joined the Department of Chemistry of the University of Basel in Switzerland. From 2008 to 2013, he led an independent junior research group as Habilitand, developing his research interests in the fields of ATRPases, nanoreactors, protein cages, damage self-reporting materials and block copolymer self-assembly. In 2013, he was awarded a SNSF professorship, which enabled him to join the AMI. Here, he heads the Macromolecular Chemistry group. Nico is the recipient of a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation, a Marie Curie Fellowship, a Holcim Stiftung Wissen Habilitanden Fellowship, and the Pfizer Research Award for Young Scientists.