Prof. Miguel Angel Sierra
Born 1960 (Villamiel-Toledo)
Miguel A. Sierra obtained is Bachelor in Organic Chemistry in 1982. B. A. with an overall A grade, and his Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry (Cum Laude, Honors, UCM Ph.D excellence award) in 1987. He was appointed Profesor Ayudante in 1987 and, after a post-doctoral stay in Colorado State University in the laboratory of Prof. Louis S. Hegedus (research in Organic Synthesis Mediated by Organochromium Compounds), came back to Spain where in 1990 he obtained a permanent position at the UCM as Profesor Titular of Organic Chemistry. He was promoted to Catedrático Habilitado de Química Orgánica in 2003 and to Catedrático de Química Orgánica in 2005. Currently, he is the leader of the Bio-Organometallic Chemistry Group of the CAM.
He has published 140 scientific articles, four books and 5 patents, and a part of his work has been directed to the improvement of the efficiency of agronomical products currently in the market (Ultraferro®) and to the design of new iron-chlorosis correctors (now in trials). He is member of the International Advisory Board of theEur. J. Org. Chem.
Prof. Sierra is consultor of the NBQ laboratory and the Energetic Materials laboratory of the Spanish Ministery of Defense, and simultaneously develops joint research projects with both laboratories, as well as with several agrochemical companies.
He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Chairman of the TWG on Sampling and Analysis of the OPCW, the Secretary of the Organic Group of the Spanish Chemical Society, a member of the board of this Society, and an Honorary Member of the Sociedad Química Argentina. He helds (2003) the Military Cross with white ribbon (the highest decoration awarded to a civilian by the Spanish Army).
Prof. Sierra research interest ranges from the study of the mechanisms of transition metal mediated Organic and Organometallic Transformations, with special emphasis in the behavior of densely functionalized organic systems towards organometallic reagents, and the reactivity in non-conventional media, the synthesis of complex natural product hybrid compounds, the mechanisms of Fe-capture by plants and the design and synthesis of energetic materials.