Over the past century, materials research has had a phenomenal impact on modern-day life. Without materials discovery and the development of a fundamental understanding of the properties of solids, we would lack the many advanced technologies we have come to rely on today. Therefore, a crucial challenge to enabling future technologies is to discover new classes of materials with never-before-seen properties that push the limits of our understanding of the materials world, and that we can harness for societal benefit.
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Quantum materials are an emerging class of materials that can display unprecedented behaviours uniquely determined by the laws of quantum mechanics. The exotic properties of quantum materials will underpin the development of next-generation quantum technologies over the 21st century, such as quantum computing, sensing and communication. Dr Clark’s research aims to design new classes of quantum materials predicted to have novel electronic and magnetic properties, realise them using solid-state chemistry, and understand their fascinating properties using various advanced characterisation methods.
Dr Lucy Clark is an Associate Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. She leads an interdisciplinary group of researchers dedicated to discovering and exploring new and exotic states of matter in solid-state materials. With her group, Lucy aims to design and synthesise novel quantum materials in the chemistry laboratory and employs a variety of characterisation tools to unravel their fascinating behaviour. In particular, the group works closely with central facilities for neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy in the UK and internationally.
Lucy was awarded her PhD in chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 2013, where she worked under the supervision of Professor J Paul Attfield and Professor Andrew Harrison. Subsequently, she held postdoctoral research positions at McMaster University in Canada and the University of St Andrews in the UK. Before taking up her current position in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham in 2020, Lucy held a Materials Innovation Factory lectureship at the University of Liverpool from 2017.