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.

Stephen Price headshotDr Stephen Price, Research Scientist

Stephen joined Finden in October 2017 after spending 4 years working as a postdoc on beamline I18 (Microfocus Spectroscopy) at Diamond Light Source.  Prior to that, he obtained his PhD in the electrochemistry department at University of Southampton, followed by a postdoctoral position. Stephen has extensive experience in laboratory and synchrotron characterisation, covering a range of techniques including electron microscopy, XAS, XRD, and tomography, under in situ and operando conditions, and the development of data analysis methods to help interpret the data.  Whilst at Diamond, he developed a micro reactor to enable a combination of all of these techniques, “multimodal chemical tomography”, to be used to characterise industrial catalysts under operating conditions.   Stephen remains involved with academic collaborations, presenting lectures nationally and internationally, and has a H-index of 11 with 20+ publications.

Dr Antony Vamvakeros, Research Scientist

Antony graduated with Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from University of Patras in Greece and then moved to London, where he pursued a Master of Science in Chemical Process Engineering from University College London graduating with distinction. He continued his studies obtaining PhD in Chemistry from University College London, focusing on the development of X-ray chemical tomography techniques to study functional materials in real time and under real process conditions (in situ/ operando studies) performing multiple experiments at the DLS and ESRF synchrotrons. He has significant experience in designing new reactor cells for in situ experiments, large data handling and developing user-friendly GUIs for tomographic data processing. His research interests include heterogeneous catalysis for bulk chemicals (packed bed and catalytic membrane reactors), fuel cells and batteries.

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Dr Yaro Odarchenko, Research Scientist

Before moving to Finden in 2020 Yaro was working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University College London. He has a proven expertise in solving multidisciplinary tasks by applying deep theoretical understanding and 10 years’ of practical experience in designing, building and testing new experimental platforms for the advanced energy and functional materials characterisation with the help of laboratory and synchrotron X-ray radiation. He is currently a Visiting Scientist at surface/interface analysis beamline I07 at Diamond Light Source. Yaro holds a PhD in Materials Chemistry from Strasbourg University and MSc in Applied Physics from MIPT. Whilst working in an international environment of the top universities and national labs across Europe and the USA, he has successfully accomplished multiple projects with industry partners from the DOW Chemical, DSM Resolve, Total, BP and Johnson Matthey. Recently Yaro also took part in the development of a new type of Li-ion battery anode in partnership with the Cambridge University and Johnson Matthey Plc that was funded by the Innovate UK as a part of the ‘Faraday Challenge’ Industrial Strategy.

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Dr Wilm Jones, Research Scientist

Wilm received his PhD from Cardiff University under the supervision of professor Michael Bowker in 2016. His project concerned photocatalytic hydrogen production using supported gold and gold alloy Nano-particles. After this Wilm was employed by Cardiff University as a research assistant based full time in Research complex at Harwell working on CO2 hydrogenation. This was followed by a positions as a research fellow as Aberdeen University on a project concerning photocatalytic NADH regeneration and as a research associate for UCL at RCaH on a project developing photocatalytic materials for the depollution of air. Currently Wilm is working for Finden investigating novel DeNOx catalyst.

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Hongyang Dong, PhD Student

Hongyang is a PhD student in the chemistry department of UCL. His knowledge background includes Msc Scientific Computing and Bsc Physics degrees from UCL. He has taken part in many computing and spectroscopic related projects like “Developing an intelligent chemical reaction generator”, “Time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) on fluorescence analyzing ”, and he also did some internships about the research of the Quadrotor UAV Flight Attitude Control System. Hongyang’s PhD project is focusing on applying AI and machine learning techniques on high throughput analysis of chemical imaging data. His skills include many computing languages (Python, C++, java, C, R), high performance computing skills, and machine learning techniques.

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