Lucy was awarded her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 2013, where she worked under the supervision of Prof J. Paul Attfield FRS. Her thesis detailed the synthesis and study of novel mixed anion materials, for which she made extensive use of powder neutron diffraction methods. Upon completion of her PhD studies, Lucy took up a post-doctoral research position in the group of Prof Bruce D. Gaulin in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University, Canada. There, she applied inelastic neutron scattering to the study of geometrically frustrated magnets. Lucy then returned to the UK to take up a post-doctoral research fellowship in the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews to develop solvothermal synthetic strategies for the discovery of new magnetic materials.
Lucy moved to the University of Liverpool in 2017 as a Lecturer and holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics within the School of Physical Sciences. Lucy's current research interests lie in exploring new chemical approaches to the design of low-dimensional and frustrated magnetic systems and exploiting a variety of characterisation tools to elucidate the unconventional states of matter that arise within them.
Prizes or Honours
- BTM Willis Prize (Institute of Physics, 2019)
- Royal Society of Chemistry Roy Prize (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012)
- University of Edinburgh Principal’s Career Development PhD Scholarship (University of Edinburgh, 2010)