Michael Stockenhuber did his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the TU Vienna. He is full Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Prof. Stockenhuber is member of a number of editorial boards and scientific committees and is president of the Australian Catalysis Society and a member of the interanatioanl Zeolite association board. His main research interest is heterogeneous catalysis with emphasis on structure function relationships. He is an expert in in situ spectroscopic techniques (XAS, XPS, IR, MS) as well as process development. Current topics of interest include catalytic combustion of ventilation air methane, conversion of oxygenates, acid and base site characterisation, dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon oxidation and reduction.