Professor Andrew M. Beale

  Andrew M. Beale is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry based at the Research Complex at Harwell, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories in Harwell, Didcot. The current group comprises 12 members (7 PhDs and 5 Post Docs). Current research interests fall mainly into the category of catalysis and solid-state chemistry particularly studied under dynamic or operando conditions. He was worked at UCL since 2013 (2013-2015: Lecturer; 2015: Professor). Before this, he was an Assistant Professor and postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, working with Professor Bert M. Weckhuysen.   
Summary of research group
  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.
Research highlights
Research Facilities
  X-ray techniques such as XAFS, XRD, Multimodal-CT, Raman, UV-Vis, IR, Catalyst testing

• Veni research fellowship (NWO-CW) 2006 

• Vidi research fellowship (NWO-CW) 2012 

• EPSRC Early Career Fellowship 2013

  Member, Royal Society of Chemistry, KNCV (Netherlands)
Research interests

• X-ray absorption and scattering techniques

• Chemical imaging

• Materials/catalyst preparation

• Solid-state chemistry

• In situ/operando techniques

• Microspectroscopy 

• Heterogeneous catalysis

  Teacher, 3rd year and 4th Year UG – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry & Intense Radiation Sources