Professor Stuart Reid

Head Of Department

Biomedical Engineering


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Stuart Reid is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He leads a multidisciplinary team working on both medical and astrophysics research. Bone: He is co-inventor of “nanokicking”, where nanoscale vibrations are used to persuade stem cells to turn into bone in the lab (ACS Nano 2013, Nature BME 2017). He is in the process of co-founding a company ( to help supply bone graft (the most transplanted tissue after blood) for regenerative medicine. UK Charity, Find A Better Way ( is funding the first-in-man study of nanokicked stem cells, planned for 2020, with the aim to provide bone graft for patients injured by land mines. IBD amorphous coatings: Reid's lab is also developing and manufacturing some of the most advanced laser mirrors in the world, to enable future gravitational wave detectors to be limited entirely by quantum effects. The team has pioneered the first ECR (electron cyclotron resonance) ion beam deposition facility, and the first elevated temperature ion beam deposition (up to 500C) for the fabrication of ultra-stable "ideal glasses". This technology has enabled the fabrication of the world's lowest optical absorption amorphous silicon (aSi), reaching <20ppm absorption at 1550nm for a quarter-wave layer. The group is also pioneering ultra-low mechanical dissipation mixed oxides, reaching levels of 1.3e-4 for Zr-doped Ta2O5 thin films. MBE crystalline mirror coatings: Working alongside local SME, Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) Ltd, and Stanford, Glasgow, and West of Scotland Universities, we are developing AlGaP interference optics that can be integrated into silicon optoelectronic devices. Breath analysis (capnograph): Working with Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), we are developing optical coatings to tune (narrow) the spectral response of NDIR (non-dispersive infrared) CO2 gas sensors for use in medical capnography.

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Surface-modified piezoelectric copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride–trifluoroethylene) supporting physiological extracellular matrixes to enhance mesenchymal stem cell adhesion for nanoscale mechanical stimulation
Donnelly Hannah, Sprott Mark R, Poudel Anup, Campsie Paul, Childs Peter, Reid Stuart, Salmerón-Sánchez Manuel, Biggs Manus, Dalby Matthew J
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2023)
Real time deformability cytometry for mechanically stimulated bone cells characterisation
Pereira Sousa Rui Pedro, Reid Stuart, Childs Peter, Jimenez Melanie
CYTO 2023 (2023)
Controlling the optical properties of hafnium dioxide thin films deposited with electron cyclotron resonance ion beam deposition
Gier Chalisa, Ben Yaala Marwa, Wiseman Callum, MacFoy Sean, Chicoine Martin, Schiettekatte François, Hough James, Rowan Sheila, Martin Iain, Mackay Peter, Reid Stuart
Thin Solid Films Vol 771 (2023)
Mechanosensitivity and deformability of mechanically stimulated bone cells
Pereira Sousa Rui Pedro, Jimenez Melanie, Reid Stuart, Childs Peter
Physics of Life 2023 (2023)
Model-based cross-correlation search for gravitational waves from the low-mass x-ray binary Scorpius X-1 in LIGO O3 data
Abbott R, Ben Yaala M, Craig K, Hill P, Reid S, Wallace G S, , ,
Astrophysical Journal Letters Vol 941 (2022)
Foreword to the special issue on nanomanufacturing and atomic & close-to-atomic scale manufacturing (ACSM)
Yu Nan, Reid Stuart, Cheung Rebecca, Koutsos Vasileios
Nanomanufacturing and Metrology Vol 5, pp. 189-190 (2022)

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STFC/UKRI Infrastructure Call - 3rd generation gravitational wave detector infrastructure development fund
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Fazio, Mariana (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2026
STFC Strathclyde Biomedical 2023 DTP
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2028
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Seed, Elizabeth
McCormick, Christopher (Principal Investigator) Reid, Stuart (Co-investigator) Seed, Elizabeth (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2026
Leonardo: WSRF0100 – HEL3 Optical Robustness (Phase 1)
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 29-Jan-2024
Establishing the design and development of novel crystalline-amorphous hybrid optical coatings for precision measurements and frequency standards
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Fazio, Mariana (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 28-Jan-2026
High quality optical coatings for precision sensing WP1+WP2
Craig, Kieran (Principal Investigator) Fazio, Mariana (Co-investigator) Reid, Stuart (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2023

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Professor Stuart Reid
Head Of Department
Biomedical Engineering

Tel: 548 3137