Professor Nunes has always enjoyed mathematics and science. On her seventh birthday, she was given a chemistry kit, prompting her life-long love of chemistry. At fourteen, she joined a specialist chemistry high school, following her natural calling to become a scientist. It was at university that she determined to study the behavior of macromolecules – different and more complex than that of regular small molecules. One of her Eureka moments occurred soon after her move to Saudi Arabia. She made a breakthrough in improving the thermodynamics of polymer solutions, bringing clarity to the mechanism of pore formation of block copolymer membranes using electron microscopy. Explaining this ‘order out of chaos’ led to the publication of her first paper in the country, and enabled her to reproduce morphology with different materials, while extending the development to a rich variety of systems and applications. Her subsequent discoveries have led to many accolades, including, since 2015, membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry.