Prof Andrew Beale

Prof Andrew Beale

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Dept of Chemistry

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
11th Feb 2013

Research summary

Andrew Beale currently works at the Department of Chemistry, University College London & Research Complex at Harwell. Our group is interested in establishing structure-function relationships in catalytic solids as a function of both time and space using primarily X-ray based in situ and operando spectroscopic and scattering methods. Specific areas of interest include the development of novel imaging techniques (‘multimodal’) for the study of single catalyst bodies/grains under real reaction conditions, determining the nature of the active site and reaction mechanism in catalysts for NOx abatement, methane activation/upgrading, unravelling the self-assembly mechanism of the microporous materials and the characterisation of catalytically active supported nanoparticles.

Teaching summary

Andy teaches a module on electronic spectroscopy in a 3rd year inorganic course and a module on Synchrotrons and X-ray imaging on a 4th year course, Intense Radiation Sources. 


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2003
University of Sussex
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1996


Andy Beale is currently Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at UCL and Group Leader at the research complex at Harwell, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Chief Scientific Officer of Finden Ltd (incorporated in 2012). He is also a Co-I and principal academic responsible for the Harwell activities of the EPSRC sponsored UK Catalysis Hub. Current research interests concern the study of functional materials used as catalysts and in energy storage with novel chemical imaging techniques using X-ray scattering and/or spectroscopic methods, often studied under dynamic (or operando) conditions; this was recently exemplified by a publication first, on the subject of 5D X-ray diffraction imaging of a working catalytic reactor.

Andy was awarded a BSc from the University of Sussex followed by a PhD at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on the subject of in situ X-ray crystallisation studies of mixed oxide materials. He then worked as a Postdoctoral fellow, VENI research fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Andy then returned to the UK and to UCL in 2013 as an EPSRC Early career fellow.

Andy is a current member of the STFC Science Board and current member of the EPSRC college. He is a member of the Project Management Committee for the EPSRC XMaS facility. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.