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I'm a senior academic specializing in photonics, specifically experiment-led ultrafast laser sources and metrology. Over a post-doctoral career spanning 25 years I have won £26M in grants and research contracts, with £16M as PI. My research is motivated by its potential for real-world exploitation, and a substantial fraction is carried out in collaboration with industry in the UK and abroad, including the spin-out company Chromacity Ltd. (

I welcome opportunities for new collaborations. If you are interested in discussing how widely tunable ultrafast lasers could be applied in a new context to spectroscopy, astrophotonics, metrology or microscopy, please email me at:


Derryck Reid graduated in 1991 from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Natural Sciences (Physics). He completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews in 1994 and held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship there from 1997 until 2000. In 2001 he joined Heriot-Watt University as a Lecturer and was promoted to Professor in 2005.

Roles & Responsibilities

Group head and PI, Ultrafast Optics Group.

PI and Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics.

Teaching responsibilities in Masters-level photonic courses.


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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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