Beale Group


The Beale group is interested in establishing structure-function relationships in functional materials, including catalytic solids and energy materials as a function of both time and space using both X-ray & optical spectroscopic and scattering methods applied under in situ and operando conditions. Specific areas of interest include the development of novel imaging techniques (‘multimodal’ & 5D) for the study of single catalyst bodies/grains/batteries under real reaction conditions (i.e. temperatures > 1273 K and pressures up to 50 barg, real-time charge-discharge), determining the nature of the active site and reaction mechanism in catalysts for NOx abatement, methane activation/upgrading, unravelling the self-assembly mechanism of microporous materials and the characterisation of catalytically active supported nanoparticles.

The Beale Group's research activity at Research Complex benefits particularly with Finden Ltd, a SME started and co-owned by Andrew Beale and his colleague Simon Jacques (current Managing Director of Finden Ltd.), which develops and provides cutting edge analytical tools and insight supporting a range of industries including catalysis, energy storage, lubricants and pharmaceuticals.