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Anna K Croft

  • PhD
  • Associate Professor
  • University of Nottingham Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
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Research interests

polyphenolsS-adenosyl methionineReaction MechanismsIntermolecular interactionsMycolic AcidsIonic LiquidsFree RadicalsBioorganic ChemistryBiological chemistry


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 permanent lecturing post at Bangor University. In 2013 she moved to the University of Nottingham and is currently Associate Professor. Her current research has a strong focus on free-radicals, highly reactive species that can be both incredibly damaging to biological systems, causing the signs and symptoms of aging, yet are fundamental to many biochemical reactions, including those that make some vitamins and DNA. She recently completed a sabbatical at MIT, in the labs of Professor Cathy Drennan, to further study a special class of free-radical utilising enzymes, the SAM-radical enzymes, found in many pathogenic anaerobic bacteria, with a hope to developing a better understanding of these systems for the development of more effective antibacterial agents in the future. Another focus of her work is ionic liquids - in particular how the effect on organic reactivity of these industrially-useful and potentially "green" solvents can be properly understood, in the same way that common industrial solvent effects are understood today. This forms the basis for a highly successful collaboration with Dr Jason Harper at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.


Co-authors (90)

Publications (5)

  • Reactivity of disulfide bonds is markedly affected by structure and environment: Implications for protein modification and stability

    • Karimi M
    • Ignasiak M
    • Chan B
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  • Structural elements of an NRPS cyclization domain and its intermodule docking domain

    • Dowling D
    • Kung Y
    • Croft A
    • et al.
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  • Three dimensional ink-jet printing of biomaterials using ionic liquids and co-solvents

    • Gunasekera D
    • Kuek S
    • Hasanaj D
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  • UPLC-MS profiling of low molecular weight phlorotannin polymers in Ascophyllum nodosum, Pelvetia canaliculata and Fucus spiralis

    • Tierney M
    • Soler-Vila A
    • Rai D
    • et al.
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  • Towards solvent-controlled reactivity in ionic liquids

    • Yau H
    • Keaveney S
    • Butler B
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham

February 2013 - Present

Senior Lecturer and Welsh Crucible Fellow

University of Wales Bangor

February 2011 - January 2013(2 years)

Lecturer in Organic Chemistry

University of Wales Bangor

December 1999 - January 2011(11 years)

Visiting Scientist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

January 2010 - October 2010(9 months)

EU FP5 Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

December 1998 - December 1999(a year)


Certificate of Leadership and Management

Institute of Leadership and Management

September 2013 - June 2014(9 months)

Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education

University of Wales Bangor

January 2000 - June 2001(a year)


Australian National University

February 1995 - November 1998(4 years)

BSc (Hons)

The University of Adelaide

February 1994 - November 1994(9 months)


The University of Adelaide

February 1991 - November 1993(3 years)