Erick Bastos was born in São Paulo, Brazil. After completing his B.Sc. in Chemistry, he became fascinated with chemiluminescence and devoted the following years to the synthesis and physical–organic chemical studies of chemiluminescent substrates for biological applications. Following post-doctoral work on the development of sustainable surfactant ionic liquids, Dr. Bastos became an Adjunct Professor at the Universidade Federal do ABC. In 2011, he moved to the Instituto de Química of the Universidade de São Paulo where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research is in the field of physical organic chemistry and photochemistry of natural pigments.