Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, University of York

Lucy Carpenter studied for a PhD in the subject of radical chemistry of the lower atmosphere at the University of East Anglia (awarded 1996). After postdoctoral research at UEA and the University of Leeds, she moved to the Department of Chemistry, University of York as a lecturer in 2000 and was awarded a personal chair in 2009. She is currently Deputy Head – Research of the Chemistry Department. Her research group work on the atmospheric chemistry and impact of processes in the marine atmosphere and on long term monitoring of atmospheric composition. Her group’s research has been incorporated into the conclusions of the World Meteorological Organization/United Nations Environment Programme (WMO/UNEP) Scientific Assessments on Ozone Depletion, of which Lucy was a lead Chapter Author in 2014 and 2018. Lucy is co-founder of the University of York atmospheric chemistry group, now the largest in the UK (Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories). Her research has been recognised by the award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize in ‘Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences’ in 2006, the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award in 2015, a Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize 2017 and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2018.


  • –present
    Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, University of York


  • 1996 
    University of East Anglia, PhD