Dr. Garcia-Valdez graduated from the University of Coahuila, Mexico in 2008 with a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering. He then completed a MSc in 2010 and a PhD in 2014 both at CIQA (Research Centre for Applied Chemistry) in Saltillo, Mexico under the supervision of Prof. Enrique Saldivar-Guerra, where he learned about the synthesis of new graphene and biopolymer hybrid materials. In 2014 he joined the research group of Prof. Michael Cunningham and Prof. Pascale Champagne at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) as a postdoctoral researcher for over two years working on the modification of biopolymers using reversible-deactivation radical polymerization. Afterwards, Omar spent 13 months at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Milan Maric working on the synthesis and scale-up of green plasticizers for PVC products. Omar has published in the top peer-reviewed polymer journals (three front covers) and filed different patent applications.