Enrique Iglesia is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and a Faculty Scientist in the E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1982 with Professor Michel Boudart at Stanford University. In 1993, he joined the University of California at Berkeley as Professor of Chemical Engineering after 11 years of industrial experience in heterogeneous catalysis and chemical reaction engineering at the Corporate Research Laboratories of Exxon Research and Engineering. . He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Catalysis and serves on the Editorial Boards of Energy and Fuels, Catalysis Today, Industrial Catalysis News, and Catalysis Surveys. Professor Iglesia's recent awards include the 1997 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis of the Catalysis Society, the 1997 Eminent Visitor Award of the Catalysis Society of South Africa, the 1996 Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the 1998 Best Teacher Award of the Berkeley Chapter of the AIChE.
Professor Iglesia has been involved in studies of heterogeneous catalysts for the direct and indirect conversion of methane to higher hydrocarbons, for reactions of light alkanes to alkenes and aromatics, for catalytic reforming and cracking processes, and for low-temperature isomerization and alkylation reactions. Current research projects also include the practical use of catalytic membranes to combine reaction and separation functions in alkane dehydrogenation and conversion processes and the development of theoretical methods for the prediction of the structure and transport properties of porous solid catalysts. His research group at Berkeley combines expertise and facilities for the synthesis of novel catalytic solids, their in-situ structural and mechanistic characterization, and the detailed modeling of kinetic and transport processes in catalytic processes relevant to oil refining and petrochemical synthesis. Professor Iglesia has co-authored more than 100 technical publications and 28 patents.