Professor Mauro Mocerino has enjoyed teaching chemistry at Curtin University for over two decades. During this time he has sought to better understand how students learn chemistry and what can be done to improve their learning. This has developed into a significant component of his research efforts. He also has a strong interest in enhancing the learning in laboratory classes and led the development of a professional development program for those who teach in laboratories. Mauro’s other research interests are in the design and synthesis of molecules for specific intermolecular interactions including drug–protein interactions, host–guest interactions, crystal growth modification and corrosion inhibition. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to learning and teaching, including the inaugural Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching: Tertiary (2003), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Division of Chemical Education Medal (2012) and an Office of Learning and Teaching Australian Award for Programs that Enhance Student Learning (2013).