Anna Proust is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and of the University Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 06 (UPMC). She received her Ph.D. degree in 1992 under the supervision of Professor P. Gouzerh. Her doctoral work dealt with nitrosyl derivatives of polyoxomolybdates. After a post-doctoral stay at the University of Bielefeld with Professor Dr A. Müller, she returned to UPMC as assistant professor, then associate professor. She has been full professor of inorganic chemistry since 2000 and was junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF, 2007-2011).
Her research interests are focused on organometallic oxides, noble metal-substituted polyoxometalates (POMs) and on the covalent functionalization of POMs, in particular with multiple metal-nitrogen bonds, organosilyl or organophosphonyl functions, with the prospect of applications of these organic-inorganic hybrids in catalysis and materials science.