Professor Stuart Reid

Head Of Department

Biomedical Engineering

Personal statement

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.


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)
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)
Searches for gravitational waves from known pulsars at two harmonics in the second and third LIGO-Virgo observing runs
, , Abbott R, Angelova S V, BenYaala M, Gier C, Hill P, Reid S, Talbot C J, Wallace G S
The Astrophysical Journal Vol 935 (2022)
Search for continuous gravitational wave emission from the Milky Way center in O3 LIGO-Virgo data
, , Abbott R, Wallace GS, Talbot C, Reid Stuart, Hill Calum, Gier Chalisa, Ben Yaala Marwa, Angelova Svetoslava
Physical Review D Vol 106 (2022)
Search for subsolar-mass binaries in the first half of advanced LIGO's and advanced virgo's third observing run
Abbott B P, Angelova S V, Birney R, Macfoy S, Reid S, ,
Physical Review Letters Vol 129 (2022)

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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
Extension to the ‘Quantum-enhanced Interferometry for New Physics’ programme
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
Optical coating optimisation to enable the transfer of technologies from gravitational wave detection to quantum and intense light-matter experiments
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Investigations in gravitational radiation
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
STFC Strathclyde 2021 DTP
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2025
Multiscale Metrology Suite for Next-generation Healthcare Technologies (EPSRC Strategic Equipment)
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Bruns, Nico (Co-investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Halbert, Gavin (Co-investigator) Hoskins, Clare (Co-investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator) Perrie, Yvonne (Co-investigator) Reid, Stuart (Co-investigator) Seib, Philipp (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024

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