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Aidan Mc Donald
Associate Prof in Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry


Aidan obtained a First Class Honours Degree and Gold medal in Chemistry from TCD in 2002. From 2003 to 2008 he performed Ph.D. research with Prof. Gerard van Koten at Utrecht University. From 2008 to 2012 he was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Lawrence Que at the University of Minnesota. He was awarded an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2009. Aidan was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at TCD in 2012. In 2013 he was awarded a Marie-Curie Career Integration Grant, in late 2015 he was awarded an ERC starting grant, and in 2016 we has awarded a Royal Society/SFI University Research Fellowship.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Paolo Pirovano, Erik R. Farquhar, Marcel Swart, Aidan R. McDonald, Tuning the Reactivity of Terminal Nickel(III)"Oxygen Adducts for C"H Bond Activation, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138, (43), 2016, p14362--14370 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Chen, X., Berner, N.C., Backes, C., Duesberg, G.S., McDonald, A.R., Functionalization of Two-Dimensional MoS2: On the Reaction between MoS2 and Organic Thiols, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 55, (19), 2016, p5803-5808 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Chen, X., Mcdonald, A.R., Functionalization of Two-Dimensional Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides, Advanced Materials, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Ure, A.D., Lázaro, I.A., Cotter, M., McDonald, A.R., Synthesis and characterisation of a mesocyclic tripodal triamine ligand, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 14, (2), 2016, p483-494 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Pirovano, P., Farquhar, E.R., Swart, M., Fitzpatrick, A.J., Morgan, G.G., McDonald, A.R., Characterization and reactivity of a terminal nickel(III)-oxygen adduct, Chemistry - A European Journal, 21, (9), 2015, p3785-3790 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Ure, A.D., McDonald, A.R., Nucleophilic Reactivity of a Metal-Bound Superoxide Ligand, Synlett, 26, (15), 2015, p2060-2066 Journal Article, 2015

McDonald, A.R., Dijkstra, H.P., Tethered pincer complexes as recyclable homogeneous catalysts, Topics in Organometallic Chemistry, 54, 2015, p335-370 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Claudia Backes, Nina C. Berner, Xin Chen, Paul Lafargue, Pierre LaPlace, Mark Freeley, Georg S. Duesberg, Jonathan N. Coleman, Aidan R. McDonald, Research, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., 54, 2015, p2638 - 2642 Journal Article, 2015

Backes, C., Berner, N.C., Chen, X., (...), Coleman, J.N., Mcdonald, A.R. , Functionalization of Liquid-Exfoliated Two-Dimensional 2H-MoS2, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 54, (9), 2015, p2638-2642 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text DOI

Hugo Nolan, Niall McEvoy, Maria O'Brien, Nina C. Berner, Chanyoung Yim, Toby Hallam, Aidan R. McDonald, Georg S. Duesberg, Molybdenum disulfide/pyrolytic carbon hybrid electrodes for scalable hydrogen evolution, Nanoscale, 6, 2014, p8185- Journal Article, 2014

Paolo Pirovano, Adriana M. Magherusan, Ciara McGlynn, Andrew Ure, Amy Lynes, Aidan R. McDonald, Nucleophilic Reactivity of a Copper(II)-Superoxide Complex, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., (53), 2014, p5946- Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Pirovano, P., Magherusan, A.M., McGlynn, C., Ure, A., Lynes, A., McDonald, A.R., Erratum: Nucleophilic Reactivity of a Copper(II)-Superoxide Complex (Angewandte Chemie - International Edition (2014) 53 (11991-12005) (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201311152)), Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 53, (45), 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Aidan R. McDonald, Lawrence Que, Jr., High-Valent Nonheme Iron-Oxo Complexes: Synthesis, Structure, and Spectroscopy , Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2013, p414- Journal Article, 2013

Aidan R. McDonald, Katherine M. van Heuvelen, Yisong Guo, Eckard Münck, Lawrence Que, Jr., Characterization of a Thiolato-Iron(III)-Peroxide Dianion Complex, Angewandte Chemie, 2012, p9132- Journal Article, 2012

Aidan R. McDonald, Yisong Guo, Van V. Vu, Emile L. Bominaar, Eckard Münck, Lawrence Que, Jr., A Mononuclear Carboxylate-Rich Oxoiron(IV) Complex - A Structural and Functional Mimic of TauD 'J', Chemical Science, 2012, p1680- Journal Article, 2012

McDonald, A.R., Guo, Y., Vu, V.V., Bominaar, E.L., Münck, E., Que Jr., L., A mononuclear carboxylate-rich oxoiron(iv) complex: A structural and functional mimic of TauD intermediate 'J', Chemical Science, 3, (5), 2012, p1680-1693 Journal Article, 2012

Mas-Ballesté, R., McDonald, A.R., Reed, D., Usharani, D., Schyman, P., Milko, P., Shaik, S., Que Jr., L., Intramolecular gas-phase reactions of synthetic nonheme oxoiron(IV) ions: Proximity and spin-state reactivity rules, Chemistry - A European Journal, 18, (37), 2012, p11747-11760 Journal Article, 2012

McDonald, A.R., Que Jr., L., Iron-oxo complexes: Elusive iron(V) species identified, Nature Chemistry, 3, (10), 2011, p761-762 Journal Article, 2011

Aidan R. McDonald, Michael R. Bukowski, Erik R. Farquhar, Timothy A. Jackson, Kevin D. Koehntop, Mi-Sook Seo, Raymond De Hont, Audria Stubna, Jason A. Halfen, Eckard Münck, Wonwoo Nam, Lawrence Que, Jr., Sulfur Versus Iron Oxidation in an Iron-Thiolate Model Complex, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, p17118- Journal Article, 2010

Gerard van Koten, Aidan McDonald, Roger Pretot, Roman Kolly, Oliver Dosenbach , Electroluminescent Ionic Dendritic Host-Guest Materials, 2009, WO/2009/087064 Patent, 2009

Aidan R. McDonald, Davide Mores, Celso de Mello Donegá, Cornelis A. van Walree, Robertus J. M. Klein Gebbink, Martin Lutz, Anthony L. Spek, A. Meijerink, Gerard P. M. van Klink, Gerard van Koten, Supramolecular Dendri-LED's: Anionic Organometallic Phosphors Embedded in Polycationic Dendritic Species, Organometallics, 2009, p1082- Journal Article, 2009

McDonald, A.R., Dijkstra, H.P., Suijkerbuijk, B.M.J.M., Van Klink, G.P.M., Van Koten, G., "Click" immobilization of organometallic pincer catalysts for C - C coupling reactions, Organometallics, 28, (16), 2009, p4689-4699 Journal Article, 2009

McDonald, A.R., Franssen, N., van Klink, G.P.M., van Koten, G., 'Click' silica immobilisation of metallo-porphyrin complexes and their application in epoxidation catalysis, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 694, (14), 2009, p2153-2162 Journal Article, 2009

Aidan R. McDonald, Martin Lutz, Lars S. von Chrzanowski, Gerard P. M. van Klink, Anthony L. Spek, Gerard van Koten, Probing the mer- to fac- Isomerisation of Tris-Cyclometallated Homo and Heteroleptic (C,N)3 Iridium(III) Complexes, Inorganic Chemistry, 2008, p6681- Journal Article, 2008

Aidan R. McDonald, Christian Müller, Dieter Vogt, Gerard P. M. van Klink, Gerard van Koten, BINAP-Ru and Rh Catalysts Covalently Immobilised on Silica and their Repeated Application in Asymmetric Hydrogenation Catalysis, Green Chemistry, 2008, p424- Journal Article, 2008

Lars S. von Chrzanowski, Martin Lutz, Anthony L. Spek, Aidan R. McDonald, Gerard P. M. van Klink and Gerard van Koten, 2-Carboxy-4-(hydroxymethyl)pyridinium chloride hemihydrate, Acta Cryst. , E27, 2007, po1121- Journal Article, 2007

M. Q. Slagt, H. P. Dijkstra, A. R. McDonald, R. J. M. Klein Gebbink, M. Lutz, D. D. Ellis, A. M. Mills, A. L. Spek, G. van Koten, Self-Assembly of p-Nitro NCN-Pincer Palladium Complexes into Dimers through Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions , Organometallics, 2003, p27- Journal Article, 2003

H. P. Dijkstra, M. Q. Slagt, A. R. McDonald, C. A. Kruithof, R. Kreiter, A. M. Mills, M. Lutz, A. L. Spek, W. Klopper, G. P. M. van Klink, G. van Koten, para-Functionalized NCN-Pincer Palladium(II) Complexes: Synthesis, Catalysis and DFT Calculations, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. , 2003, p830- Journal Article, 2003

Research Expertise


Research in the Bioinspired Inorganic Chemistry Group revolves around model compounds and catalysts that mimic the roles metals play in Biology. Our goals are to: design novel catalysts; understand metalloproteins; develop treatments for adverse metalloprotein chemistry; and investigate the Chemistry of 2D nanomaterials.


Bioinorganic Chemistry; Catalysis; Inorganic Chemistry; Mechanisms of reactions



American Chemical Society

Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry

Last updated 24 August 2016 by School of Chemistry (Email).