Dr Clark was awarded her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 2013, where she worked under the supervision of Professor 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, Dr Clark took up a post-doctoral research position in the group of Professor 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.
Before taking up her current position in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham in 2020, Dr Clark held a Materials Innovation Factory lectureship at the University of Liverpool from 2017.