Dr. Scott A. Reid

Dr. Scott A. Reid
Dr. Scott A. ReidMarquette University

Wehr Chemistry Building, 554

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-7565The Reid Group


Laser Spectroscopy, Gas and Condensed Phase Dynamics


Ph.D., University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

B.S., Union University

Research Interests

  • Laser spectroscopy of transient molecules and free radicals and weakly bound complexes
  • Studies of halogen bonded complexes and electron transfer in halogen bonded assemblies
  • Photodissociation dynamics and photochemistry of molecules and free radicals
  • Matrix isolation studies of reactive intermediates
  • Coherent laser spectroscopy, including four wave mixing and quantum beat spectroscopy
  • Photoionization mass spectrometry and Resonantly Enhanced Multiphoton Ionization Spectroscopy
  • Development and application of spectroscopic instrumentation and methods

Professional Experience

Since joining Marquette in 1994, Dr. Reid has established himself as a leader in the area of reactive intermediates - short-lived, unstable molecules that are key players in the mechanisms of many real-world chemical processes, such as reactions in combustion, the atmosphere and beyond. "Only by understanding the mechanisms of these important chemical processes can we make progress in better utilizing them," Reid says. The emphasis on research in his department is one thing that drew Dr. Reid to Marquette.  "One thing I really appreciate about Marquette is the teacher-scholar model," says Reid.  "Your research informs your teaching, and you strive for excellence in both.  Our research with undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students is critical as we seek to encourage, motivate and equip the next generation of scientists". Dr. Reid has served as chair of the chemistry department since 2011.

Professor Reid received a B.S. degree from Union University (Jackson, TN) in 1985, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 1990 under the direction of J. Douglas McDonald. His interests in molecular spectroscopy and chemical dynamics led him to the University of Southern California, where he completed post-doctoral training under the direction of Hanna Reisler. He came to Marquette as an Assistant Professor in 1994, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000 and Professor in 2005. In 2004, he spent a semester at National Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu, Taiwan) as an NSC fellow, working in the group of Professor Yuan-Pern Lee. In 2010, he was awarded a Way-Klingler sabbatical fellowship, which he spent working with groups at UW-Madison and University of Sydney (Australia).

Honors and Awards

  • Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award, 1996
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 1997
  • Robert and Mary Gettel Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009
  • Senior Award for Teaching Excellence and Developmental Guidance, 6 times
  • Way-Klingler Sabbatical Fellowship, 2010
  • Way-Klingler Research Fellowship, 2015-18
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, 2012-2015
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular Structure, 2017-present
  • Advisory Board, ACS Petroleum Research Fund, 2013-present
  • Committee on Professional Training, ACS, 2016-present

Faculty & Staff


Department of Chemistry

Todd Wehr Chemistry, 101
1414 W Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-3515

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