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Gavin Reid

Senior Lecturer
Member of the Computational Chemistry and Chemical Physics group

Contact details

Room: 2.92b
Tel: +44 (0)113 3436405
Email: G.D.Reid@leeds.ac.uk

Keywords

Femtosecond Spectroscopy
Nanosecond Step-scan FTIR
DNA
Ultrafast Electron Transfer
Laser Instrumentation
Protein Folding

Photograph of Gavin Reid

Research interests

Our recent work has concentrated on electron transfer reactions in DNA. Owing to the unique properties of DNA i.e. recognition, stability, optical characteristics and adapatability, it is set to become perhaps the most important molecule in molecular electronics. For this reason it is useful to know whether DNA can be used as a 'molecular wire' joining parts of nano-scale electrical circuits together. Our work uses short (femtosecond) pulses of laser light to initiate these electron transfer reactions. Development of femtosecond laser instrumentation for uv, visible & infra-red applications is always on-going. This work is funded by JIF, SRIF and the Royal Society.

Other work involves femtosecond and nanosecond infrared spectroscopies of proteins (funded by EPSRC) and DNAs (with Julie Fisher funded by SRIF).

Publications

Milanesi L, Waltho JP, Hunter CA, Shaw DJ, Beddard GS, Reid GD, Dev S, Volk M Measurement of energy landscape roughness of folded and unfolded proteins. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109 19563-19568, 2012
DOI:10.1073/pnas.1211764109
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Turton D, Welsh G, Carey J, Reid GD, Beddard GS, Wynne K Alternating high-voltage biasing for terahertz large-area photoconductive emitters Review of Scientific Instruments 77 pp.083111-, 2006
DOI:10.1063/1.2336764

Turton DA, Welsh GH, Carey JJ, Reid GD, Beddard GS, Wynne K Alternating high-voltage biasing for terahertz large-area photoconductive emitters REV SCI INSTRUM 77 -, 2006
DOI:10.1063/1.2336764

Reid GD, Whittaker DJ, Day MA, Turton DA, Kayser V, Kelly JM, Beddard GS Femtosecond electron-transfer reactions in mono- and polynucleotides and in DNA In The Life and Scientific Legacy of George Porter , 2006
DOI:10.1142/9781860948930_0014
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Bartlett S, Beddard GS, Jackson RM, Kayser V, Kilner C, Leach A, Nelson A, Oledzki PR, Parker P, Reid GD, Warriner SL Comparison of the ATP binding sites of protein kinases using conformationally diverse bisindolylmaleimides. J Am Chem Soc 127 11699-11708, 2005
DOI:10.1021/ja050576u
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Milanesi L, Reid GD, Beddard GS, Hunter CA, Waltho JP Synthesis and photochemistry of a new class of photocleavable protein cross-linking reagents CHEM-EUR J 10 1705-1710, 2004
DOI:10.1002/chem.200305405

Kayser V, Turton DA, Aggeli A, Beevers A, Reid GD, Beddard GS Energy migration in novel pH-triggered self-assembled beta-sheet ribbons. J Am Chem Soc 126 336-343, 2004
DOI:10.1021/ja035340+
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Reid GD, Wynne K Time resolved spectroscopy In Handbook of Laser Technology and Applications , 2004

Turton DA, Reid GD, Beddard GS Accurate analysis of fluorescence decays from single molecules in photon counting experiments ANAL CHEM 75 4182-4187, 2003
DOI:10.1021/ac034325k

Reid GD, Whittaker DJ, Roth W, Whitaker BJ, Williamson MJI, Beddard GS Excited state dynamics and rapid internal conversion in a stable dipole molecule. Photochem Photobiol Sci 2 585-590, 2003
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Shackleton Z, Kilner CA, Reid GD, Halcrow MA (eta(2)-Tetracyanoethene)bis(triphenylphosphine-kappa P)palladium-dichloromethane (1/0.7) ACTA CRYSTALLOGR C 59 M136-M138, 2003
DOI:10.1107/S010827010300458X

Shackleton Z, Kilner CA, Reid GD, Halcrow MA2-Tetracyanoethene)bis(triphenyl-phosphine-êP)palladium-dichloro-methane (1/0.7) Acta Crystallographica. Section C: Crystal Structure Communications C59 136-138, 2003

Shackleton Z, Kilner CA, Reid GD, Halcrow MA2-tetracyanoethene)bis(triphenyl-phosphine-κP)pallad ium-dichloro-methane (1/0.7) Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications 59 -, 2003
DOI:10.1107/S010827010300458X
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Reid GD, Whittaker DJ, Day MA, Turton DA, Kayser V, Kelly JM, Beddard GS Femtosecond electron-transfer reactions in mono- and polynucleotides and in DNA J AM CHEM SOC 124 5518-5527, 2002
DOI:10.1021/ja0172363

Reid GD, Whittaker DJ, Day MA, Creely CM, Tuite EM, Kelly JM, Beddard GS Ultrafast electron-transfer reactions between thionine and guanosine bases J AM CHEM SOC 123 6953-6954, 2001
DOI:10.1021/ja015584z

Reid GD, Beddard GS, Whitaker JBC, Whitaker D Excited state dynamics and rapid internal conversion in "stable dipoles" molecules Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 220 , 2001

Reid GD, Wynne K Ultrafast laser technology and spectroscopy In Encyclopedia of analytical chemistry , 2000

Reid GD, Beddard GS, Whitaker BJ, Whittaker D Excited state dynamics and rapid internal conversion in "stable dipoles" molecules. ABSTR PAP AM CHEM S 220 U221-U221, 2000

Wynne K, Reid GD, Hochstrasser RM Vibrational coherence in electron transfer: The tetracyanethylene - pyrene complex Journal of Chemical Physics 105 2287-2297, 1996

Beddard GS, Feehan TM, Keyes TE, Reid GD, Thorne JRG, White NTH, Heathcote P Excitation transfer and energy transfer in the photosystem I reaction centre Femtochemistry conference: ultrafast chemical and physical processes in molecular systems, Lausanne, Switzerland , 1996

Wynne K, Haran G, Reid GD, Moser CC, Dutton PL, Hochstrasser RM Femtosecond infrared spectroscopy of low lying excited states in reaction centres ofRhodobacter sphaeroides Journal of Physical Chemistry 100 5140-5148, 1996