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Emilio Bunel

University Professor
Catholic University of Chile, School of Chemistry and Engineering

Emilio Bunel received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1980 from the University of Chile and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1988. He began his professional career at DuPont Central Research as a member of the Catalysis Group working on new catalytic processes to produce nylon intermediates. In 2001 Bunel was hired by Eli Lilly to establish the Catalysis Group within the Discovery Research Organization. In 2003 he was appointed Associate Director at Amgen, Inc., and subsequently in January 2008, Research Fellow at Pfizer, Inc. 
 
After spending twenty years in industry, in October 2008 Emilio Bunel was named director of the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, where he is responsible for directing a science-based research, development, and earlystage engineering organization that conducts both fundamental and applied research in chemistry and chemical engineering. 
 
In November 2017 Emilio Bunel was named VP of Innovation at SQM which  is one of the largest lithium producer in the world. 

Since March, he is an University Professor at the Catholic University of Chile. 
 
Education  University of Chile: MS in Chemical Engineering     M.S. 1980  Caltech: PhD in Organometallic Chemistry.     Ph.D., 1988  
 
Appointments  

November 2017 – present VP Innovation at SQM July 2017 – October 2017 Senior Advisor at Argonne National Laboratory October 2008 – June 2017 Director of Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory  January 2008 – October 2008 Research Fellow at Pfizer Inc.  November 2006 – October 2007 Director of Research at Amgen Inc.  December 2003 – October 2006 Associate Director at Amgen Inc.  February 2001–December 2003 Sr. Research Scientist at Eli Lilly  December 1988 - January 2001 Sr. Research Associate at DuPont

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