Kate Jolliffe is a leader in the fields of supramolecular and organic chemistry and has made world-leading contributions to organic synthesis, anion recognition and molecular self-assembly. Her international reputation is a result of her expertise in the design and synthesis of complex molecular architectures, which she uses to generate new molecular structures. Jolliffe’s transformative achievements include the development of selective receptors for pyrophosphate and sulfate ions; and the development of new methods that enable the synthesis of macrocyclic peptides. She has been awarded the Beckwith, Biota, Birch and H.G. Smith medals of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.