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Personal Statement

Marc completed his MSci in Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde in 2011. In 2015, he completed his Carnegie Trust-sponsored PhD in Chemistry from the same institution, under the supervision of Prof. Billy Kerr and Dr Tell Tuttle. From 2015-16, Marc was a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Guy Lloyd-Jones FRS at the University of Edinburgh. During that time, he was inducted into the SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry program.


Most recently, Marc won the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship and rejoined the Dept. of Pure & Applied Chemistry at Strathclyde to begin his independent career. Marc’s current position is supported by GlaxoSmithKline, and he is thus the first Strathclyde-GSK Early Career Academic. In 2018, Marc was selected to participate in the Scottish Crucible leadership and development program.




Research Interests

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


Current interests include:


  • Catalytic applications of low-valent manganese complexes in C-H activation.
  • Industry-friendly methylation protocols.
  • Metallodrug design.
  • New chemical reactors for multi-phase analysis of degradation chemistries.


Expertise & Capabilities


  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Cheminformatics
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Synthetic Chemistry
  • Flow Chemistry and Reactor Design



  • Synthetic chemistry laboratory.
  • Reactor fabrication laboratory.
  • 3D printing and small-scale electronics.
  • Supercomputer access (local and via ArCHIE WeSt).
  • Statistical modeling and computer programming tools.


Industrial Relevance

Chemical data holds life-improving knowledge for Society.


From small academic laboratories to the process plants of multinational companies, understanding and developing chemical reactions has sustained financial impact on a broad spectrum of industry-aligned chemical processes. The complex path of a chemical reaction (its 'mechanism') is often compounded by intimidating masses of data that hide valuable patterns of information. Consequently, it is highly desirable to combine theoretical and experimental tools to utilise ‘Big Data’ in the smart design of new chemical reactions. This directly impacts analytical chemists and molecule makers in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, functional materials, and fine chemical sectors.


Our work champions the statistical tools of 'Big Data' to rationally design sustainable chemical reactions for facile structural diversification of drugs and agrochemicals. 


Teaching Interests

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's teaching starts with desigining and delivering a series tutorials for GSK-based industrial PhD students.


Academic / Professional qualifications

Academic Qualifications

  • 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).



  • Chemoinformatics
  • Chemistry,Modelling
  • Research methodology

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2011 2018

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Reid, M., 2018, Washington, DC : American Chemical Society.

Research output: Other contribution

2 Citations (Scopus)

Iridium-catalyzed Csp3-H activation for mild and selective hydrogen isotope exchange

Kerr, W. J., Mudd, R. J., Reid, M., Atzrodt, J. & Derdau, V., 25 Oct 2018, In : ACS Catalysis. 8, p. 10895–10900 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ion exchange
Chemical activation


On the design and further applications of iridium (I) complexes in hydrogen isotope exchange processes

Author: Reid, M., 1 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Kerr, W. (Supervisor) & Tuttle, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Best Poster at EastCHEM Conference for Early Career Researchers 2016

Marc Reid (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Speaker Prize

Marc Reid (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Organic Chemistry