Our Team

Dr Lucy Clark


Lucy is a Materials Innovation Factory Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and our team leader.

Lucy obtained a First Class MChem Chemistry with Mathematics degree from the University of St Andrews in 2010. She was then granted a Principal’s Career Development PhD Scholarship from the University of Edinburgh, which allowed her to pursue her post-graduate studies in the School of Chemistry under the supervision of Prof J. Paul Attfield FRS. In 2013, she was awarded her PhD for her thesis entitled “Synthesis and Study of Frustrated Oxide and Mixed Anion Materials.” A major focus of her thesis work comprised a study of correlated anion disorder in oxynitride materials using powder neutron diffraction. In addition, Lucy was awarded the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Roy Prize for her work on the magnetic properties of novel oxyfluoride compounds, which also formed part of her thesis.

After her time in Edinburgh, Lucy went on to a post-doctoral position with Prof Bruce D. Gaulin in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. There she learnt to apply the technique of inelastic neutron scattering to the study of frustrated magnets. She subsequently returned to the UK, and to the University of St Andrews, to work on the development of ionothermal and solvothermal synthetic chemistry for the discovery of new advanced materials.

In 2017, Lucy was appointed to her current role at the University of Liverpool where she holds a joint academic position across the Departments of Chemistry and Physics.

Kate Tustain

DSC_4443_2Kate is a 1st-year PhD student in the group.

Kate is a graduate of Durham University, where she obtained a First Class MChem in Chemistry in 2016. As a final year project student, Kate worked with Dr Karen E. Johnston towards elucidating the complex structural phase diagram of ferroelectric Nb-based perovskites using powder diffraction and solid-state NMR methods. Now in Liverpool, she is dedicated to the synthesis of quantum kagome antiferromagnets and exploring the complex magnetic phases that arise within them.

Lewis Farrar

DSC_4431_2Lewis is a 4th-year MChem project student in the group.

Lewis is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry here in Liverpool. For his final year research project, Lewis is developing our understanding of the magnetic properties of novel transition metal oxalates through muon spectroscopy measurements that he performs at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.