Stephen Reid


I am responsible for the running and maintenance of the Schools aqueous sample analytical facility, specialising in ICP-OES and ICP-MS analysis.  Instrumentation in the facility includes;

  • Thermo iCAP Qc ICP-MS.
  • Thermo iCAP 7400 ICP-OES.
  • Thermo AAS.

I carry out elemental analysis on a wide range of sample types including environmental and biomedical samples.  Where appropriate I develop and validate new methods to achieve the desired analysis.  This has included;

  • Iron determination using cool plasma ICP-MS to determine neutrient levels in glacier waters.
  • Phosphorous determination in high dissolved solids solutions by ICP-OES in support of research into the paleoenvironment.
  • Iodine in urine determination in support of the School of Medicine.

In my previous work I was the Lab Manager of an analytical metallurgy lab where we tested metal samples for impurities. I used a range of equipment including Leco C and O analysers, ICP-MS, microwave digestion using HF acid, surface area analysers and particle size analysers.

I also worked in the Analytical Development team at the National Nuclear Lab in Sellafield for 5 years developing new methods of analysis for various radioisotopes.

Feel free to contact me if you require elemental analysis.


  • MSc Environmental Analytical Chemistry, University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Chemistry, University of Manchester

Professional memberships

  • Royal Society of Chemistry