Banares Miguel A
Telephone: 915854788
Tel. interno: 437464
Group: Spectroscopy and Industrial Catalysis
Office: 114
Lab: 113


Bachelor in Chemistry, University Salamanca, Spain, 1989

PhD Chemistry, Univeristy Salamanca, Spain, 1992

HONORARY DOCTORATE “Doctor Honoris Causa”, Université du Caen, Normandie, France, 2017

  • Research Professor, CSIC-Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, since 2008 co-founder, Advanced Dispersed Particles, ADParticles,  a CSIC spin-off company,
  • Coordinator of H2020 Characterization and HARmonization for Industrial Standardisation of advanced MAterials (CHARISMA) , 5 million Euros (2020-2024)
  • Coordinator of H2020 NanoInformaTIX 7 million Euros (2019-2023)
  • Chair Working Group B “Materials and Standards”, NanoSafety Cluster, since 2020
  • Steering Board Member, NanoSafety Cluster, since 2019
  • Deputy Vice-President, CSIC (Spain National Research Council), 2014-2015
  • Chairman, Management Committee of COST Action D36 (ESF), 2006-2011
  • Vice-chairman, MC COST Action TD1204 MODENA (ESF) 2012-2016
  • Vice-director, Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, CSIC, 2010-2014

Miguel A. Bañares is Research Professor, Associate Editor, Catalysis Today (Elsevier, Impact Factor 5.825) and co-Editor of Springer Handbook of Advanced Catalyst Characterization. Obtained his PhD in 1992 (University of Salamanca, 1992). He was Chairman, Management Committee of COST Action D36 (ESF), 2006-2011and is Vice-Chairman, Management Committee of COST Action TD1404 MODENA (ESF). Doctor Honoris Causa, Université de Caen Normandie, France in 2017.

He has been Deputy Vice President of the Spanish National Research Council, CSIC in 2014-2015. He was awarded a “chaire d’excellence”  at ENSICaen-CNRS (FEDER) FRANCE for 2013-2014 and distinguished “Otto Mønsted Visiting Professor” Award at the Denmark Technical University, DTU, in 2014. He was Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Hong Kong Univeristy of Science and Technology, Hong Kong in 2018.

Bañares is Editorial Board Member of Catalysis Today (since 2003), Applied Catalysis (2004-2009), Frontiers in Chemical Engineering and Science (since 2019), Catalysis Letters (since 2006), Topics in Catalysis (since 2006) among others, and member of the founding international advisory board of Operando Conferences and has been co-organizer of Operando-I, III, IV and VI conferences, and main organizer of Operando-II conference in 2006.

Bañares research stands on the use of real-time Raman spectroscopy during catalysis combining in situ spectroscopic characterization of catalyst structure with simultaneous activity measurement, so that both, structure and performance are measured simultaneously. He coined the term “operando” to identify this advanced in situ spectroscopy, his new term is widely use in literature now.

Bañares catalysis research focuses on understanding catalysis by combining in situ and operando analyses with computational description of the structure, spectra and reactivity of the catalysts. He applies his research to the obversion of alkanes into olefins, oxygenates and nitriles, such as the conversion of propane intro acrylonitrile. He is also active on Raman spectroscopy real-time reaction monitoring in the liquid phase for bulk, sustainable and fine chemicals processes. In the past few years, two new lines have emerged: (a) Surface science reactivity has led him to develop a research line on the reactive basis of nanoparticle toxicity (e.g., ). (b), Ramana spectroscopy expertise has led him to aim at harmonization and standardization of Raman spectroscopy enabling FAIR (Findable Accesible Interoperable Reusable) Raman data bases for multiple applications, in catalysis, for for health, for document validation, for everyday use (e.g., h2020 CHARISMA project, )

Bañares is co-author of >210 papers, with an h index 47 and >8700 citations (GoogleScholar), with more than 48 plenary/keynote lectures.

UNED – Química en primera persona. Miguel Ángel Bañares –