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.

He is the author of the book You Are (Not) a Fraud: A Scientist's Guide to the Imposter Phenomenon.

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

Website: www.dr-marc-reid.com

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Area of Expertise


  • 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.


Prize And Awards

IChem Hanson Medal
Scottish Crucible 2018 - selected participant
Prof. Patrick D. Ritchie Prize for Best PhD Thesis in 2014/15
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship
SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry
Gavin Forsyth Award for Most Meritorious PhD Student at 2nd Year stage

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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).


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An account on BiVO4 as photocatalytic active matter
Heckel Sandra, Wittmann Martin, Reid Marc, Villa Katherine, Simmchen Juliane
Accounts of Materials Research (2024)
Synthesis of 2,6-trans-tetrahydropyrans using a palladium-catalyzed oxidative heck redox-relay strategy
Bonfield Holly E, Edge Colin M, Reid Marc, Kennedy Alan R, Pascoe David D, Lindsay David M, Valette Damien
Organic Letters (2024)
Directing hydrogen isotope exchange with aryl carboxylic acids
Mudd Richard, Reid Marc, Paterson Laura C, Atzrodt Jens, Derdau Volker, Kerr William J
Synlett (2024)
Structure-guided design of a domain-selective bromodomain and extra terminal N-terminal bromodomain chemical probe
Bradley Erin, Fusani Lucia, Chung Chun-wa, Craggs Peter D, Demont Emmanuel H, Humphreys Philip G, Mitchell Darren J, Phillipou Alexander, Rioja Inmaculada, Shah Rishi R, Wellaway Christopher R, Prinjha Rab K, Palmer David S, Kerr William J, Reid Marc, Wall Ian D, Cookson Rosa
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Vol 66, pp. 15728-15749 (2023)
Computer vision as a new paradigm for monitoring of solution and solid phase peptide synthesis
Yan Chunhui, Fyfe Calum, Minty Laura, Barrington Henry, Jamieson Craig, Reid Marc
Chemical Science Vol 14, pp. 11872-11880 (2023)
Highlights from the 56th Bürgenstock Conference on Stereochemistry 2023
Reid Marc, Teskey Christopher J
Chemical Science Vol 14, pp. 9244-9247 (2023)

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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. The series now openly available on YouTube. Marc also teaches on the 3rd Year undergraduate Organic Chemistry module, and guest lectures in Dr Lucrezia Casulli's Mindset Lab.

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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. 

Professional Activities

Nature Communications (Journal)
Peer reviewer
PhD Thesis, University of Nottingham (Private Defence)
Organometallics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Imposter Syndrome Masterclass
Computer Vision for Reaction Monitoring at (Any) Scale
You Are (Not) a Fraud

More professional activities


A Computer Vision Platform to Widen the Analytical Bottleneck in High Throughout Chemistry (Carnegie RIG)
Reid, Marc (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2024
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Donnachie, Kristin
Reid, Marc (Principal Investigator) Nelson, David (Co-investigator) Donnachie, Kristin (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
Computer Vision for Analytical Chemistry (CVAC): Scalable Productivity for Chemical Manufacturing- UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship | Donnachie, Kristin
Reid, Marc (Principal Investigator) Nelson, David (Co-investigator) Donnachie, Kristin (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Fyfe, Calum
Reid, Marc (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator) Fyfe, Calum (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2027
EPSRC IAA: Computer Vision-enabled Optimisation of High Value Copper Commodities Manufacture
Reid, Marc (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
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

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Dr Marc Reid
U K R I Future Leaders Fellow
Pure and Applied Chemistry

Email: marc.reid.100@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 4519