Simon JaquesDr Simon Jacques, Managing Director

Simon has 20 years experience in inventing and developing methods for materials characterisation. He is a world leader in creation of in situ methods, chemical imaging and software development for high throughput data processing. Following a BSc in biochemistry at Kings College, London, Simon obtained an MSc and PhD in pure and applied crystallography from Birkbeck College, London. He went on to obtain fellowships including the Robert Blair Fellowship in Applied Science and Technology, EPSRC Impact Acceleration Fellowship and positions at University College London, University of Manchester and Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire.

Andy BealeProfessor Andrew Beale, Chief Scientific Officer

Andy is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at University College London, a group leader at the Research Complex at Harwell and an EPSRC Early Career Fellow. He is an accomplished researcher and specialist with 20 years experience in the application of spectroscopic and scattering methods for materials characterisation. Andy specialises in the development of in situ/operando time-resolved sampling methods, chemical imaging and materials design and development for application in heterogeneous catalysis. Expert areas are: the development of novel imaging techniques for the study of single catalyst bodies under real reaction conditions; determining the nature of the active site and reaction mechanism in catalysts for NOx abatement and methane activation; unravelling the self-assembly mechanism of microporous materials and the characterisation of catalytically active supported nanoparticles.

Selected publications

Chemical imaging of Fischer-Tropsch catalysts under operating conditions. Price, S. W. T., Martin, D. J., Parsons, A. D., Sławiński, W. A., Vamvakeros, A., Keylock, S. J., . . . Mosselmans, J. F. W. (2017). Science Advances, 3 (3), e1602838.

Real-Time Scattering-Contrast Imaging of a Supported Cobalt-Based Catalyst Body during Activation and Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Revealing Spatial Dependence of Particle Size and Phase on Catalytic Properties. Senecal, P., Jacques, S. D. M., Di Michiel, M., Kimber, S. A. J., Vamvakeros, A., Odarchenko, Y., . . . Beale, A. M. (2017). ACS Catalysis, 7 (4), 2284

Reversible restructuring of supported Au nanoparticles during butadiene hydrogenation revealed by operando GISAXS/GIWAXS. Martin, D. J., Decarolis, D., Odarchenko, Y. I., Herbert, J. J., Arnold, T., Rawle, J., . . . Beale, A. M. (2017) Chem Comm, 53 (37), 5159-5162.

Molybdenum Speciation and its Impact on Catalytic Activity during Methane Dehydroaromatization in Zeolite ZSM-5 as Revealed by Operando X-Ray Methods. Lezcano-González, I., Oord, R., Rovezzi, M., Glatzel, P., Botchway, S. W., Weckhuysen, B. M., & Beale, A. M. (2016) Ange. Chemie Int. Ed., 55 (17), 5348.

3D chemical imaging in the laboratory by hyperspectral X-ray computed tomography. C.K. Egan, S.D.M. Jacques, M.D. Wilson, M.C. Veale, P. Seller, A.M. Beale, R.A.D. Pattrick, P.J. Withers & R.J. Cernik. Scientific Reports (2015) 5, 15979

Real time chemical imaging of a working catalytic membrane reactor during oxidative coupling of methane A. Vamvakeros, S.D.M. Jacques, V. Middelkoop, M. Di Michiel, C.K. Egan, I.Z. Ismagilov, G.B.M. Vaughan, F. Gallucci, M. van Sint Annaland, P.R. Shearing, R.J. Cernik and A.M. Beale. Chem. Commun. (2015) 51, 12752

Progress towards Five Dimensional Imaging of Functional Materials Under Process Conditions. A.M. Beale, S.D.M. Jacques, E.K. Gibson and M Di Michiel. Coordination Chemistry Reviews (2014) 277-278, 208

Chemical imaging of sulphur-induced deactivation of Cu/ZnO catalyst bodies. A.M. Beale, E.K. Gibson, M.G. O’Brien, S.D.M. Jacques, R.J. Cernik, M. Di Michiel, P.D. Cobden, Ö. Pirgon-Galin, L. de Water, M. J Watson, and B. M. Weckhuysen. J. Catalysis (2014) 314, 94.

Imaging the Continuous Hydrothermal Flow Synthesis of Nanoparticulate CeO2 at Different Supercritical Water Temperatures Using in Situ Angle-Dispersive Diffraction. V. Middelkoop, C.J. Tighe, S. Kellici, S.D.M. Jacques, J.M. Perkins, R.I. Gruar, P. Barnes and J.A. Darr. J. Supercritical Fluids (2014) 87, 118-128

Pair distribution function computed tomography S.D.M. Jacques, M. Di Michiel, S.A.J. Kimber, X. Yang, R.J. Cernik, S.J.L. Billinge and A.M. Beale. Nat. Comm. (2013) 4, 2536.

Active phase evolution in single Ni/Al2O3 methanation catalyst bodies studied in real time using combined μ -XRD-CT and μ-absorption-CT. M.G. O’Brien, S.D.M. Jacques, M. Di Michiel, P. Barnes, B.M. Weckhuysen and A.M. Beale, Chem. Sci., 3 (2012) 509-523.

Chemical Probing within Catalyst Bodies by Diagonal Offset Raman Spectroscopy. M.W. Zandbergen, S.D.M. Jacques, B.M. Weckhuysen and A.M. Beale, Angewandte Chemie-Int. Ed., 51 (2012) 957-960.

Dynamic X-ray diffraction computed tomography reveals real-time insight into catalyst active phase evolution. S.D.M. Jacques, M. Di Michiel, A. M. Beale, T. Sochi, M. G. O’Brien, L. Espinosa-Alonso, B. M. Weckhuysen and P. Barnes, Angewandte Chemie-Int. Ed., 50, (2011), 10148-10152