Welcome to the E.Romero Research Group @ UCSD

Our research aims to merge visible light photoredox and ground-state transition-metal catalysts to enable academically, industrially, and medicinally relevant organic transformations under mild reaction conditions.

January 2022 Romero group


left to right: Mark Glossbrenner, Alexander Braddock, Jonathan Galicia, Hayley Fong, Wesley Hatcher, Grace Lee, Nicholas Mcdonald, Dr. Delphine Pichon-Barré, Christopher Bennett, Prof. Erik Romero, and Bijou Romero (the dog!)

Romero lab core values


Members of the Romero Research Group should Respect one another and be Open-minded to new ideas, cultures, and ways of life. Graduate school is challenging but with sufficient Motivation, Effort, and a lot of Resilience, we can be successful. Beyond chemistry, building our communities through Outreach and as Leaders is equally important. In all these ways we can be Accountable to ourselves and strive to be the best person we can become. Above all else, we must find Balance because without it, our best selves are trapped within.

Need Some Good Vibes Today?

Check out our quotes page for our group member's all time favorite motivational and inspirational quotes that have helped us persist through our most difficult times. We're all in this together!

We're also on TikTok! Here's our 4 favorite videos

Safety first!

What just happened?!?

What’s it’s price?!?

Where did I put that again???

Join our team!

We are on the lookout for future group members that will help us take our research endeavors to new heights. In addition, we want team members who are positive, inclusive, and willing to help those around them. Having previous experience in photochemistry is not required as the purpose of graduate school is to learn new things. The only requirement is the intrinsic drive to learn and apply new experimental techniques to the development of synthetic methods.

****We are looking for undergraduate students interested in advancing our outreach via TikTok efforts. Ideally, those interested would have some experience with video editing and would be excited to make new informative content. Navigate to our TikTok page (@r2gchemist) to see the kinds of stuff we have made in the past!****

If this sounds good to you, check out our research interests and our group members pages! We look forward to meeting and working with you.

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