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Aidan Mcdonald
Associate Prof in Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry

Biography

See: http://chemistry.tcd.ie/staff/people/mcdonald

Career:

Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, The University of Dublin, 2017 - date

Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, The University of Dublin, 2012 - 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, Bioinorganic Chemistry, The University of Minnesota, 2008 - 2012

Ph.D., Organometallic Chemistry, Utrecht University, 2003 - 2008

B.A. (Hons) Chemistry, gold medalist, The University of Dublin, 1998 - 2002

Honours/Awards:

Royal Society of Chemistry Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship, 2017

Elected member of the Young Academy of Europe, 2017

Royal Society/SFI University Research Fellowship, 2016

EU/Horizon 2020 ERC Starting Grant, 2015

EU/FP7 Marie-Curie Fellowship, 2013

National Institutes of Health NRSA Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009

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, p5738-5746 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

Pirovano, P., Berry, A.R., Swart, M., McDonald, A.R., Indirect evidence for a NiIII-oxyl oxidant in the reaction of a NiIIcomplex with peracid, Dalton Transactions, 47, (1), 2018, p246-250 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Magherusan, A.M., Zhou, A., Farquhar, E.R., García-Melchor, M., Twamley, B., Que, L., Mcdonald, A.R., Mimicking ClassIb Mn2-Ribonucleotide Reductase: A MnII2Complex and Its Reaction with Superoxide, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Paolo Pirovano, Aidan R. McDonald, Cover Feature: Synthetic High-Valent M-O-X Oxidants (Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 5/2018), European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2018, (5), 2018, p546--546 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Paolo Pirovano, Brendan Twamley, Aidan R. McDonald, Modulation of Nickel Pyridinedicarboxamidate Complexes to Explore the Properties of High-valent Oxidants, Chemistry - A European Journal, 24, (20), 2018, p5238-5245 Journal Article, 2018 DOI TARA - Full Text

Xin Chen, David McAteer, Cormac McGuinness, Ian Godwin, Jonathan N. Coleman, Aidan R. McDonald, RuII Photosensitizer-Functionalized Two-Dimensional MoS2 for Light-Driven Hydrogen Evolution, Chemistry - A European Journal, 24, (2), 2018, p351--355 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text DOI

Paolo Pirovano, Abigail R. Berry, Marcel Swart, Aidan R. McDonald, Indirect evidence for a NiIII"oxyl oxidant in the reaction of a NiII complex with peracid, Dalton Transactions, 47, (1), 2018, p246--250 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Prasenjit Mondal, Paolo Pirovano, Ankita Das, Erik R. Farquhar, Aidan R. McDonald, Hydrogen Atom Transfer by a High-Valent Nickel-Chloride Complex, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 140, (5), 2018, p1834--1841 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text DOI

Xin Chen, Aidan R. McDonald, ChemInform Abstract: Functionalization of Two-Dimensional Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides, ChemInform, 47, (36), 2016 Journal Article, 2016

Paolo Pirovano, Adriana M. Magherusan, Ciara McGlynn, Andrew Ure, Amy Lynes, Aidan R. McDonald, Berichtigung: Nucleophilic Reactivity of a Copper(II)-Superoxide Complex, Angewandte Chemie, 126, (45), 2014, p12199--12199 Journal Article, 2014

Xin Chen, Ciara McGlynn, Aidan R. McDonald, Two-Dimensional MoS2 Catalyzed Oxidation of Organic Thiols, Chemistry of Materials, 2018 Journal Article, 2018

Adriana M. Magherusan, Daniel N. Nelis, Brendan Twamley, Aidan R. McDonald, Catechol oxidase activity of comparable dimanganese and dicopper complexes, Dalton Transactions, 2018 Journal Article, 2018

Research Expertise

Description

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. http://chemistry.tcd.ie/staff/people/mcdonald

Keywords

Bioinorganic Chemistry; Catalysis; Inorganic Chemistry; Mechanisms of reactions

Recognition

Memberships

American Chemical Society

Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry