Mario Pagliaro is a research chemist and management educator at Palermo's CNR where he also leads the Institute for Scientific Methodology. His research interests lie at the interface of materials science, chemistry, and biology. Mario's laboratory currently collaborates with researchers from 10 countries. Their joint work has resulted in a number of achievements, including new commercial sol-gel catalysts and conversion processes for glycerol. He has co-authored six books, 80 research papers, 4 patents and several book chapters.