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Rene Bañares-Alcántara IQ MS PhD MA

Reader in Engineering Science


Professor Rene Bañares-Alcántara has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He then studied in Carnegie Mellon University where he obtained both a Master and a PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering. Upon completion of his studies he worked for various academic institutions including the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas, the Facultad de Química (UNAM) and the University of Edinburgh.

Rene has been part of the Department of Engineering Science (as a Reader) and of New College (as a Fellow) since 2003.


  • Bañares-Alcántara, R.  “Perspectives on the potential roles of engineers in the formulation, implementation and enforcement of policies”, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 34:267-276 (2010).
  • López-Arévalo, I., Bañares-Alcántara, R., Aldea, A., Rodríguez-Martínez, A. and Jiménez, L. “Generation of Process Alternatives Using Abstract Models and Case-Based Reasoning”, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 31(8):902-918 (2007).
  • Manan, Z.A. and Bañares-Alcántara, R. “A New Catalogue of the Most Promising Separation Sequences for Homogeneous Azeotropic Mixtures. I. Systems Without Boundary Crossing”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 40:5795-5809 (2001).
  • Bañares-Alcántara, R. and King, J.M.P.  “Design Support Systems for Process Engineering. III. Design Rationale as a Requirement for Effective Support”, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 21(3):263-276 (1997).
  • Bañares-Alcántara, R., Ko, E.I., Westerberg, A.W. and Rychener, M.D. “DECADE - A Hybrid Expert System for Catalyst Selection - II. Final Architecture and Results”, Computers and Chemical Engineering, 12(9/10):923- 938 (1988).