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Dr Natalie Fey

Dr Natalie Fey

Dr Natalie Fey
B.Sc.(Keele), Ph.D.(Keele)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Computational Inorganic Chemistry

Office W232
School of Chemistry,
Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS
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+44 (0) 117 954 6991


Transition metal complexes catalyse many reactions important in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry. However, we rarely have a quantitative understanding of what will happen when we change the input variables (ligands, substrates, experimental conditions) in a catalytic reaction and new catalysts are usually discovered by chance or after extensive experimental screening and optimisation of the reaction conditions.

Thanks to the development of increasingly powerful computers, the detailed theoretical study of synthetically relevant organometallic chemistry now lies within our reach. Modern quantum chemistry can be used to investigate the mechanism of reactions directly and allows us to use the computer to test the effect of changing input variables. The results of this computational work can be compiled into accessible databases, which can then be analysed to make predictions for novel catalysts. This enables us, for any given catalyst, to determine the optimum set of variables to achieve a desired outcome.


I was born in Frechen, Germany, but have lived and worked in the UK for quite a while now. I obtained my BSc in Chemistry and Economics from Keele University (UK), and stayed on to work with Jim Howell and Paul Yates towards a PhD (completed in 2001). After postdoctoral research with Rob Deeth at the University of Warwick until 2003, I worked as a postdoc on projects with Guy Orpen, Jeremy Harvey and Guy Lloyd-Jones at the University of Bristol before gaining an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (October 2007). My independent research at Bristol is in computational inorganic chemistry and involves mechanistic studies of catalysis and the development of knowledge bases.


  • transition metal complexes
  • organometallic chemistry
  • catalytic reactions
  • catalysis
  • quantum chemistry



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