Dr John McDonald-Wharry
Lecturer in Materials
Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD
Biomass processing and the associated quality control or product characterisation along with bio-derived composite engineering with a focus on interface chemistry. Specialising mainly in areas of materials characterisation, polymer chemistry, and analytical chemistry. My research has involved analyse of carbonaceous materials (including biochars, activated carbons, reduced graphene oxides, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, carbon fibres and graphites) and polymers (thermoplastics and thermosets). Current research activity is mainly on the “Additive manufacturing and 3D and/or 4D printing of bio-composites” spearhead project which is part of the “Science for Technological Innovation” “National Science Challenge”.
Directed Studies and Honours Research Projects
Biodegradable fishing gear
Millimeter-scale mechanics in 3D printed structures
Optimising 3D printer settings for natural fibre reinforced 3D printing material
Dynamic sheet forming of nanocellulose
Chemistry; Materials and Processing
Leveneur, J., Rajan, A., McDonald-Wharry, J., Le Guen, M. -J., Pickering, K., & Kennedy, J. (2018). Structural and chemical changes of cellulose fibres under low energy ion implantations. Surface and Coatings Technology. doi:10.1016/j.surfcoat.2018.04.006
Schmidt,, H. -P., Kua,, H. W., & Mcdonald-Wharry, J. (2017). Biochar building materials and composites. In International Biochar Initiative Educational Webinar Series.
McDonald-Wharry, J. S. (2017). Chars in construction, composites and additive manufacturing: concepts and considerations. In The Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference 2017 Conference Proceedings. AgriFutures Australia.
McDonald-Wharry, J. S., Pickering, K. L., & Manley-Harris, M. (2016). The use of biomass-derived chars in construction and composite materials. In 3rd Asia Pacific Biochar Conference 2016. Chuncheon, Korea.
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