Francisco Barnés earned his chemical engineering degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and obtained his master’s degree and PhD. in chemical engineering in the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1968 he began his academic activities at UNAM, where he served as Dean of the School of Chemistry, Secretary General and President. He is currently a full-time professor on the Faculty of Chemistry.
In public service, he served as Technical Secretary of the Mexican Petrochemical Commission, President of the Mexican Petroleum Institute, Undersecretary of Energy Policies and Technological Development, and Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons.
He has received three Science and Technology Awards from the Banco Nacional de Mexico; a Technical Chemistry Award from Celanese; a National Chemistry Award from the Mexican Chemical Society; a Professional Excellence Award from the Mexican Federation of Chemistry Professionals; a Doctor Honoris Causa from the National Institute Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics; and the Victor Marquez Dominguez Award from the Mexican Institute of Chemical Engineers.
He has served on the International Consultative Council at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the U.S. Energy Department and the Public Consultative Committee of the Commission for Collaboration for Environment, North America. He also serves on the boards of the ICA Foundation, PRENDE Foundation and Mario Molina Center.
Barnés is a member of the Mexican Institute of Chemical Engineers, where he served as President; the Mexican Chemical Society; the National College of Chemical Engineers and Chemists, where he served as President; the Mexican Academy of Engineering; and the Mexican Association of Energy and Sustainable Development.
He currently serves as Commissioner on the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, Vice Chair for North America at the World Energy Council and Chair of the Mexican Association of Energy Economics.