Dr Anna Croft is part of the Bioprocess, Environmental and Chemical Technologies Research Group.
Anna obtained her BSc degree, majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry, from the University of Adelaide, Australia. After completing an honours degree in Organic Chemistry at the same institution, she went on to complete her PhD at the Australian National University looking at the processes governing formation of free radicals in proteins.
She subsequently completed a European union-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, examining the chemistry of coenzyme B12-dependent enzymes, and was then offered a full academic post at the University of Wales Bangor, where she established her own research group. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer there in 2011.
In 2013 she joined the Bioprocessing and Biorenewables group at the University of Nottingham, where she has established her own Biomechanism Engineering research team. The focus of the team is to understand how biological processes can be used as templates to improve chemical reactivity and, similarly, how an understanding of chemical reactivity can be used to direct biomolecule reactions for specific outputs (such as production of high-value chemicals and feedstocks from biorenewables).
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Research within the Croft team is highly interdisciplinary, using a combination of both theoretical and experimental techniques to understand biological interactions and reaction mechanisms. Our main research theme is Intermolecular Interactions, examining their implications in both binding effects and on reaction pathways in biological systems, particularly those systems utilising free radicals, and interactions between species related to 'green chemistry', such as ionic liquids.
ESHTAYA, M., EJIGU, A., STEPHENS, G., WALSH, D. A., CHEN, G. Z.* and CROFT, A. K.*, 2016. Developing energy efficient lignin biomass processing – Towards understanding mediator behaviour in ionic liquids FARADAY DISCUSSIONS: Liquid Salts for Energy and Materials. 190, 127-145 GUNASEKERA, D. H. A. T., KUEK, S., HASANAJ, D., HE, Y., TUCK, C., CROFT, A. K. and WILDMAN, R. D., 2016. Three dimensional ink-jet printing of biomaterials using ionic liquids and co-solvents Faraday Discussions. 190, 509-523
DANIEL P. DOWLING, YAN KUNG, ANNA K. CROFT, KOLI TAGHIZADEH, WENDY L. KELLY, CHRISTOPHER T. WALSH and CATHERINE L. DRENNAN, 2016. Structural elements of an NRPS cyclization domain and its intermodule docking domain Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
If you are looking to join the group, either as a Postdoctoral Researcher, or as a talented PhD student we will be happy to welcome you! The group has a range of nationalities represented and share a common interest in doing exciting interdisciplinary science.
Current PhD projects include:
Further opportunities are also available. Please email with a CV and cover letter if you are interested.
If you are an EU/UK student, you could also be eligible for a full stipend (see below). Please be aware that applications for the 2017/2018 academic year have now closed. Applicants will only now be considered for 2018 start unless you have already secured funding.
If you are looking for a scholarship to support your studies, the university offers a great number of scholarships to talented applicants. If you are a UK or EU national, then you can also apply for a range of specific, funded programmes that accommodate the research themes of the group through:
Potential postdoctoral fellows without current funding can apply for an Anne McLaren or Nottingham Research Fellowship. We also provide support for those applying for Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowships.Previous postdoctoral positions advertised (now closed):