We show the potential of coupling numerical and experimental approaches in the fundamental understanding of catalytic reactors, and in particular fluidized beds. The applicability of the method was demonstrated in a lab-scale fluidized bed reactor for the platinum-based catalytic oxidation of hydrogen. An experimental campaign has been carried out for synthesizing the catalyst powders by means of atomic layer deposition in a fluidized bed reactor and characterizing them. Catalytic testing has been also run to collect data both in fixed and fluidized bed configurations. Then, after the validation of the in-house first-principles multiscale Computational Fluid Dynamic - Discrete Element Method (CFD-DEM) model, the fundamental understanding which can be achieved by means of detailed numerical approaches is reported. Thus, the developed framework, coupled with experimental information, results in an optimal design and scale-up procedure for reactor configurations promising for the energy transition.