Marc Reid


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Marc completed his MSc 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. Since late 2018, Marc has been the co-founder and managing director of Pre-Site Safety Ltd.




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 methylation protocols. 

Expertise & Capabilities


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



  • Synthetic chemistry laboratory.
  • 3D printing and small-scale electronics.
  • Computer vision software.
  • 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 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 tools of Data Science and Enabling Technologies to rationally design safe and scalable chemical reactions. 


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

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).


Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 23 Sep 2019


  • Cheminformatics
  • Chemistry
  • Research methodology
  • safety culture
  • Safety


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