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College of Natural Resources

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
Armando McDonald

Armando McDonald

Office: CNR 102D
Phone: 208-885-9454
Email: armandm@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1133

College of Natural Resources
Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
Professor, Biomaterials and Bioproducts

With UI Since 2001

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry
    • Wood materials chemistry and wood science
    • Biopolymer and Biomaterials science
    • Natural products chemistry
  • Selected Publications
    • Wei, L., Guho, N., Coats, E.R., McDonald, A.G., (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., Kengne, B-A.F., McIlroy, D.N., McDonald, A.G. (2014) A novel nano Fischer-Tropsch catalyst for the production of hydrocarbons. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy. DOI 10.1002/ep.11916.
    • Pohjanlehto, H., Setälä, H.M., Kiely, D.E., McDonald, A.G. (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., Pecha, B., Westerhof, R., Kersten, S., Li, C-Z., McDonald, A.G., Garcia-Perez, M. (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., Garcia-Perez, M., Pecha, B., McDonald, A.G., Kersten, S. Westerhof, R. (2014) Effect of particle size on the composition of lignin derived oligomers obtained by fast pyrolysis of beech wood. Fuel. 125:15-19.

    You can view a full list of publications in Armando McDonald's CV.

  • Research Projects
    • Biobased composite materials research which includes fiber modifications and product prototype development.
    • Synthesis of lignin based polymers for use as thermoplastics and adhesives.
    • Biosynthesis and property evaluation of the bioplastic, polyhydroxyalkanoates. 
    • Proteomic studies on wood formation in Douglas-fir.
    • Biomass syngas upgrading to biofuels by catalytic conversion. 
    • Generation of bio-oils from pyrolysis of biomass.
    • Conversion of biomass waste into value added bioproducts. 
  • Awards and Honors
    • NZ-FRI Achievement in Science Award for Inter-disciplinary Science, April 1997.
    • Carter Holt Harvey-New Ventures Ideas to Business Entrepreneur Awards 2001: Business Case, October 2001.


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