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Professor Anna Slater  

Royal Society University Research Fellow – University of Liverpool

Former WISC Vice Chair (Disability, Neurodivergence and Chronic Illness) and former WISC Board Member


Anna is a Royal Society URF based at the University of Liverpool. She joined WISC in 2020 and is still enjoying the novelty of being one of two Annas in a meeting! Anna completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2011. She then held PDRA positions in porphyrin assemblies and porous organic cage materials at Nottingham and Liverpool respectively, and her first daughter was born in 2015. At the end of 2016, she took up an EPSRC-Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship to establish a research group using continuous flow chemistry for materials science. Her second daughter was born in 2018, and in Jan 2021 Anna took up a URF to apply continuous flow methodology to supramolecular chemistry. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2021/2022 and to a Personal Chair in 2022.


Anna’s research centres on the importance of process control and molecular structure in self-assembly and other dynamic processes. Flow chemistry has unique benefits in reproducibility, flexibility, scalability, automation and reaction process windows that the group exploit to form new structures and gain mechanistic insight. Anna is passionate about inclusion, diversity, and equity in HE. She has a chronic health condition (epilepsy) and was involved in setting up the WISC Disability/Chronic Illness/Neurodivergence Cluster. Outside of work, she is a habitual runner and can often be found jogging round Liverpool lip-syncing badly to loud music.

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