Technical Interests

  • Carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry
  • Wood materials chemistry and wood science
  • Biopolymer and biomaterials science
  • Natural products chemistry

Education

  • Ph.D., Philosophy in Chemistry, 1993 – York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • M.S., Chemistry, 1986 – University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • B.S., Chemistry and Applied Chemistry, 1983 – University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Professional Experience

  • 2011 – present, Professor, Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • 2006 – 2011, Professor, Department of Forest Products, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • 2001 – 2006, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Products, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • 1998 – 2001, Project Leader, Material Discovery, New Zealand Forest Research Institute
  • 1993 – 1998, Sr. Scientist in Wood Materials Chemistry, New Zealand Forest Research Institute
  • 1985 – 1989, Scientist in Carbohydrate Chemistry, New Zealand Forest Research Institute

Awards

  • Carter Holt Harvey-New Ventures Ideas to Business Entrepreneur Awards 2001: Business Case, October 2001.
  • Interdisciplinary Science, April 1997, New Zealand Forest Research Institute

Publications

  • Wei, L., N. Guho, E.R. Coats and A.G. McDonald. 2014. Characterization of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) biosynthesized by mixed microbial consortia fed fermented dairy manure. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. DOI: 10.1002/app.40333.
  • Luo, G., B-A.F. Kengne, D.N. McIlroy and A.G. McDonald. 2014. A novel nano Fischer-Tropsch catalyst for the production of hydrocarbons. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy. DOI 10.1002/ep.11916.
  • Pohjanlehto, H., H.M. Setälä, D.E. Kiely and A.G. McDonald. 2014. Lignin-xylaric acid-polyurethane based polymer network systems: preparation and characterization. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 131(1): DOI: 10.1002/app.39714.
  • Wang, Z., B. Pecha, R. Westerhof, S. Kersten, C-Z. Li, A.G. McDonald and M. Garcia-Perez. 2014. Effect of cellulose crystallinity on solid/liquid phase reactions responsible for the formation of carbonaceous residues during slow pyrolysis. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 53(8): 2940–2955.
  • Zhou, S., M. Garcia-Perez, B. Pecha, A.G. McDonald, S. Kersten and R. Westerhof. 2014. Effect of particle size on the composition of lignin derived oligomers obtained by fast pyrolysis of beech wood. Fuel. 125:15-19.
  • Pelaez-Samaniego, R., V. Yadama, M. Garcia-Perez, E. Lowell, and A. McDonald. 2014. Effect of temperature during wood torrefaction on the formation of lignin liquid intermediates. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 109(2014), 222-233.
  • Sahaf, A., M.P. Laborie, K.R. Englund, M. Garcia-Perez, and A.G. McDonald.  2013.  Rheological properties and tunable thermoplasticity of phenolic rich fraction of pyrolysis bio-oil.  Biomacromolecules 14(4):1132-1139.