Francisco Barnés earned his Chemical Engineering degree by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and obtained his Masters degree and his PhD. in Chemical Engineering in the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1968 he began his academic activities at UNAM, where he was Dean of the School of Chemistry, Secretary General and President. He is currently a full time professor at the Faculty of Chemistry.
Within the public service he has occupied the positions of Technical Secretary of the Mexican Petrochemical Commission, President of the Mexican Petroleum Institute, Under Secretary of Energy Policies and Technological Development and Under Secretary of Hydrocarbons.
He has been awarded several times: Science and Technology Award, granted by the Banco Nacional de Mexico, 1975, 1980 and 1982; Technical Chemistry Award granted by Celanese, 1980; National Chemistry Award granted by the Mexican Chemical Society, 1994; Professional Excellence Award granted by the Mexican Federation of Chemistry Professionals, 1995; Doctor Honoris Causa granted by the National Institute Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, 1998; and Victor Marquez Dominguez Award granted by the Mexican Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1999.
He was member of the International Consultative Council at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at the US Energy Department, and the Public Consultative Committee of the Commission for Collaboration for Environment - North America. He is also member of the Board of ICA Foundation, PRENDE Foundation and Mario Molina Center.
Francisco 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 in the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission; Vice Chair for North America at the World Energy Council and Chair of the Mexican Association of Energy Economics.