Dr John McDonald-Wharry

Lecturer in Materials

Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Interests

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”.

Research Supervised

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

Teaching Commitments


Chemistry; Materials and Processing

Recent Publications

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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., 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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Contact Details

Room: C.G.11
Phone: +64 7 838 4466 ext 6573