Miguel A. Bañares is Full Research Professor at the Institute for Catalysis and Petroleum Chemistry, CSIC in Madrid, Spain. He has been deputy vice president for Scientific-Technical Fields at CSIC, Spanish National Research Council. The Bañares’ group focuses its research on understanding structure-performance relationships in catalysis combining spectroscopy during catalytic reactions with simultaneous activity measurement (“operando" methodology,a term which he coined in 2000) for real-time monitoring of catalytic processes, catalyst evolution, and synthesis. He has been awarded with the Doctor Honoris Causa degree by the Université de Caen Normandie, France, for his seminal operando work. Dr. Banares received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.
Israel E. Wachs is G. Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Operando Molecular Spectroscopy and Catalysis Laboratory, Lehigh University. He has earned wide recognition for his research into heterogeneous catalysis, and for his modern approach to establishing fundamental relationships between surface structure and kinetic activity for metal oxides catalysts. He is known for his pioneering work on mixed oxides and in 2016, received AIChE's top award in chemical reaction engineering, the R. H. Wilhelm Award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research for seminal contributions towards development of innovative concepts for molecular chemical reaction engineering of mixed oxide catalyzed reactions by establishing fundamental catalyst molecular structure-activity kinetic relationships. He has also been honored for his work on green chemistry technologies by the U.S. E.P.A. Dr. Wachs received his B.S. from Hunter College of the City University of New York and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.