Born in the metropolitan utopia of Madrid, Spain, infant-Jeffrey was soon reluctantly moved to Houston, Texas. There, he learned the fine art of avoiding political discussions and fending off swarms of mosquitos. Eventually, fate and fortune landed him at the University of Texas, in Austin. This new face of the old republic redeemed his opinion on the Lone Star state, somewhat. Fueled by a divine concoction of curiosity and purposelessness, he sought out a position in the Mullins research group during his freshmen year. Housed in the McKetta department of Chemical Engineering, Jeffrey’s project involved synthesizing and characterizing earth-abundant metal solar electrodes for photocatalytic water splitting. He drank deep the sweet nectar of scientific discovery, and yet his appetite could not be whet. After a year, he decided to explore the Chemistry department, to better suit his research interests. Here, in Prof. C. Grant Willson’s research group, Jeffrey was first introduced to block copolymer synthesis and self-assembly and the power of friendship. After a half decade spent on two undergraduate degrees and seven co-authored papers, Jeffrey finally arrived at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to pursue a Materials Chemistry PhD under the direction of Profs. Javier Read de Alaniz and Christopher Bates (another Willson alum). Now, an NSF graduate fellow, Jeffrey spends his time equally between working in lab and trying to remember what the world outside of lab looks like. If you’re reading this, please send help. Or a postcard.