Dr Nicola Bell
- Research Group Co-ordinator (School of Chemistry)
Nicola holds an MChem in Chemistry from Heriot-Watt University where she graduated top of her class and a PhD in Catalyst design from Edinburgh University. After a Doctoral Prize Fellowship with Prof.s Arnold and Love at Edinburgh and a period investigating f-block coordination chemistry Nicola undertook a Research Fellow position at the University of St Andrews with Dr Allan Watson. During this time Nicola developed the ionising cross coupling methodology using earth abundant copper.
Outside of the lab Nicola has a passion for education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Nicola is also an advocate for the use of evidence in policy making and attended Westminster as part of the Voices of the Future program. In 2016 Nicola founded the ECECR conference giving postdocs a chance to present their work and career path in a supportive environment and in 2017 Nicola joined the SciFinder Future Leaders Program.
Nicola currently acts as the Group Coordinator for the Cronin Group as well as being a Senior Researcher in the team investigating the use of automation in inorganic synthesis.
Nicola is interested in gaining insights in the active catalysts as play in metal-mediated organic transformations to develop catalysts capable of unprecedented reactivity through control and deep understanding of the metal coordination environment of earth abundant metals.
Nicola is an expert in coordination chemistry and inert environment techniques particularly for the f-block metals.
EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship
Ligand design for f-block stabilisation
EPSRC Standard Grant (EP/M010554/1)
Actinide Polyoxo Complexes
Lecturing & Assessment (UoE)
- Syllabus development including selecting teaching strategy and identification of KLOs.
- Delivering lectures for the 2nd Year Environmental Chemistry course at Edinburgh.
- Writing and marking summative exams including sitting on exam panel. Tutorials
- Small group tutoring 2010-2017:
- Chemistry 1a, 1b & 2b (Physical and Inorganic sections)
- Chemistry for Biologists & Engineers
- Writing formative tutorial question sets and answer guides and using Blackboard LMS. Lab Supervision
- Developing teaching lab manual & demonstrator guidance (2nd year teaching labs).
- Laboratory demonstrating 2009-2012 (2nd Year Chemists).
- Developing & supervising MChem & BSc research projects.
Development and Recognition
- Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
- CPD to develop skills further includes:
- Mentoring by senior chemistry teaching fellow and pedagogy academic.
- Pedagogical courses on topics including ‘Designing courses’, ‘Delivering effective tutorials’ and ‘Marking and providing feedback’.