Piotr Nowak was born in 1987 in Warsaw, Poland. He studied chemistry at the University of Warsaw. He worked on high-pressure transesterification reaction of sterically hindered esters and stereoselective cycloadditions of nitrile oxides to alkenes under the supervision of Prof. Janusz Jurczak. He was also member and President of Warsaw University Student Chemical Society "Fulleren". He received his MSc in 2010 with the thesis entiteled "Asymmetric 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction. The influence of electronic properties of substrates on reactivity and selectivity". Then he joined the research group of Sijbren Otto at the Centre for Systems Chemistry and Stratingh Institute for Chemistry in Groningen, the Netherlands, to work on self-replicating chemical systems, dynamic combinatorial chemistry and nanomaterials.