Fernanda completed her PhD in Chemistry at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) in 2012. Her PhD focused on the formulation of theoretical frameworks to characterise chemical processes computationally. During her PhD, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship at Duke University and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science award. In 2013 she was also invited to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, receiving a Fellowship from the Bert and Kuggie Vallee Foundation.
After her PhD, Fernanda joined Upsala University as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2015 she was awarded a Newton International Fellowship at Oxford. In 2016 she moved to the University of Edinburgh with a Chancellor’s Fellowship, and in 2018 she returned to Oxford as Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and a Tutorial Fellow at Hertford.
Fernanda currently tutors first and second-year students at Hertford, covering all the organic chemistry tutorial teaching in Hertford. Within the Department of Chemistry, and from January 2020, she will deliver the module of carbonyl chemistry to first-year undergraduates.
Fernanda teaches the computational chemistry module to DPhil students enrolled in the Synthesis for Biology and Medicine (SBM) and TMCS CDTs. She also supervises project students from both CDTs.
Fernanda’s broad area of research is Computation Chemistry. Her research sits at the interface of computational, (bio)organic and supramolecular chemistry, combining a range of modelling techniques to explore complex (bio)chemical processes. Her current focus of research is the development of computational platforms for the modelling and design of biomimetic materials with applications in catalysis and sensing.
Highlights of her research include the development of a unifying mechanistic framework to rationalise chemical reactions in solution and enzymes, the generation of force field models to study metalloenzymes, and the introduction of efficient protocols to explore solvent effect and dynamics in the condensed phase. For more information and publication list, visit her group webpage: http://fduartegroup.org.