Congratulations to Dr. Miguel A. Romero who is a recipient of the 2022-23 Alumni Builder Award!
Created in 2017 as part of the 100th year of alumni UBC, the Alumni Builder Awards recognize a cross-section of alumni representing both campuses who have significantly contributed to the university and enriched the lives of others, and in doing so, have supported alumni UBC’s vision of a global alumni community for an exceptional UBC and a better world. Read more>
Dr. Miguel A. Romeo pursued studies in Chemistry at the National University of Mexico, obtaining BSci, and MSc degrees (I.H. Sanchez, UNAM). He further obtained a PhD degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in 1990. For a number of years, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Ottawa (A. Fallis, UO), and as research associate at the University of British Columbia and the Institute of Chemistry (UNAM) in Mexico City. He has published many research papers in leading journals in diverse fields of Chemistry such as Natural and Non-natural Product Synthesis, Energetic Materials Synthesis, and Synthetic Methodology. While working in industry, he developed new antimycotics, propellant formulations, and creation of new Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) and adsorbents for mycotoxins (patent), among other developments. As an independent researcher he published in the field of Energetic Materials and worked in the development of new cosmetics and perfumes. During his career, he has received the Gabino Barreda Medal Award (UNAM, BSc, and MSc), the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Pre-doctoral Fellowship (UBC), and the IWK Graduate Fellowship Award (UBC).
In 2019 and 2020, he established two awards in honor of his parents: Dr. Margarita B. Martinez del Sobral Chemistry Research Endowment & Dr. Miguel A. Romero Sanchez Memorial Graduate Fellowship for UBC Chemistry students. Dr. Miguel A. Romero’s advocacy and philanthropic contributions to the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science has supported subsequent generations of aspiring chemists and research excellence.