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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

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. 

Expertise & Capabilities


  • 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.


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. 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.

Academic / Professional qualifications

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).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

altMBA, Akimbo

Award Date: 21 May 2021

NEBOSH Process Safety Management, NEBOSH

Award Date: 23 Sept 2019

Gym Instructor Level 2, YMCAfit

Award Date: 1 Aug 2007

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock’s Close, Bristol, BS8 1TS, United Kingdom

1 Feb 2021 → …


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


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