Dr Marc Reid

U K R I Future Leaders Fellow

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Marc was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland.

He completed his Masters in Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde in 2011. In 2015, he completed his Carnegie Trust-sponsored PhD in Chemistry at Strathclyde. From 2015-16, Marc was a postdoctoral research associate with at the University of Edinburgh. During that time, he was inducted into the SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry programme.

In 2016, Marc won the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship and rejoined the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry at Strathclyde from 2017-20. This position was supported by GlaxoSmithKline, and he was thus the first Strathclyde-GSK Early Career Academic. In 2018, Marc was selected to participate in the Scottish Crucible leadership program, the Merck Innovation Cupand was part of the Converge Challenge Entrepreneurship Competition Top 30. In 2020 Marc became a CPACT-supported Research Fellow and then Lecturer for Innovation in Education at the University of Bristol.

Most recently, Marc was awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, joining the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry at Strathclyde.

He holds a visiting lectureship at the University of Bristol, and a visiting Enterprise Fellowship in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde.

His interests include physical organic chemistry, computer vision, cheminformatics, virtual reality, process safety, and the psychology of the imposter phenomenon.


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-marc-reid-18974554/

Website: www.dr-marc-reid.com


Has expertise in:


    • Chemical Kinetics
    • Computer Vision
    • Cheminformatics
    • Computational Chemistry
    • Synthetic Chemistry



    • Synthetic chemistry laboratory.
    • 3D printing and small-scale electronics.
    • Computer vision software.
    • Multiple machine vision cameras.
    • Supercomputer access (local and via ArCHIE WeSt).
    • Statistical modeling and computer programming tools.


Prizes and awards

Scottish Crucible 2018 - selected participant
IUPAC Young observer
Prof. Patrick D. Ritchie Prize for Best PhD Thesis in 2014/15
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship
Best Poster at EastCHEM Conference for Early Career Researchers 2016
SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry

More prizes and awards


Academic Qualifications

  • NEBOSH Certificate in Process Safety Management (RRC International, 2019).
  • PhD in Chemistry (University of Strathclyde, 2015).
  • MSci Chemistry (University of Strathclyde, 2011).


Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC).
  • Scotland Group committee member for the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI).



Trialkylammonium salt degradation : implications for methylation and cross-coupling
Washington Jack B, Assante Michele, Yan Chunhui, McKinney David, Juba Vanessa, Leach Andrew G, Baillie Sharon E, Reid Marc
Chemical Science Vol 12, pp. 6949-6963 (2021)
Catalyst design in C–H activation : a case study in the use of binding free energies to rationalise intramolecular directing group selectivity in iridium catalysis
Kerr William J, Knox Gary J, Reid Marc, Tuttle Tell
Chemical Science Vol 12, pp. 6747-6755 (2021)
A transferable psychological evaluation of virtual reality applied to safety training in chemical manufacturing
Poyade Matthieu, Eaglesham Claire, Trench Jordan, Reid Marc
Journal of Chemical Health and Safety Vol 28, pp. 55-65 (2021)
Stereoselective remote functionalization via palladium catalyzed redox-relay Heck methodologies
Bonfield Holly E, Valette Damien, Lindsay David M, Reid Marc
Chemistry - A European Journal Vol 27, pp. 158-174 (2021)
Computationally-guided development of a chelated NHC-P iridium(I) complex for the directed hydrogen isotope exchange of aryl sulfones
Kerr William J, Knox Gary J, Reid Marc, Tuttle Tell, Bergare Jonas, Bragg Ryan A
ACS Catalysis Vol 10, pp. 11120-11126 (2020)
A mechanistic and cautionary case study on the use of alternating potential in electrochemical reactions
Wills Alfie G, Poole Darren L, Alder Catherine M, Reid Marc
ChemElectroChem Vol 7, pp. 2771-2776 (2020)

More publications


Marc is as passionate about teaching as research. Following timeless examples set by accomplished teachers such as Richard Feynman, Marc enjoys public speaking and exploring new ways to teach old concepts.


During his PhD and postdoc, Marc's teaching experience spanned undergraduate, masters, PhD, and postdoc supervision.


In his current post, Marc teaches The Practice & Pitfalls of Studying Organic Reaction Mechanisms - a self-made physical organic chemistry video lecture series taught to ScotCHEM and GSK postgraduates.

Research interests

Our emerging multidisciplinary research team focuses on the data-driven understanding of process chemistry. We combine structured experimental data with computational modeling and informatics to build a predicitive overview of industrially-relevant chemical processes.


Current interests include:


  • Computer vision in chemical kinetics.
  • Process safety training technologies.
  • Industry-friendly reagent design. 


Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Taylor, Madeleine
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator) Reid, Marc (Co-investigator) Taylor, Madeleine (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Computer Vision for Analytical Chemistry (CVAC): Scalable Productivity for Chemical Manufacturing- UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship
Reid, Marc (Fellow)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2025
Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2018 | Mulrainey, Paul
Kerr, William (Principal Investigator) Reid, Marc (Co-investigator) Tuttle, Tell (Co-investigator) Mulrainey, Paul (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
RSC Researcher Mobility Grant
Reid, Marc (Principal Investigator)
£2,300 funding for visit to Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to conduct collaborative research in the area of cheminformatics.

This project was a collaboration between the Universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh, and LJMU
10-Jan-2017 - 17-Jan-2017
A Toolbox for Industry aligned Innovation
Reid, Marc (Fellow)
16-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Manganese by Numbers: A ‘Chem-Tech’ Toolbox for Innovation (Leverhulme)
Reid, Marc (Fellow)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019

More projects


Pure and Applied Chemistry
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