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Dr. Kenneth McDonald

Associate Professor

kenneth.mcdonald2@westpoint.edu

Biography


Dr. McDonald is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science (CLS) and teaches courses in physical chemistry, materials engineering, and general chemistry. Dr. McDonald earn his B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from Illinois State University in 2004 and 2006, respectively. Dr. McDonald received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 2012 from Purdue University where he studied the electrochemical synthesis of semiconductors for use in photoelectrochemical cells to split water into H2 and O2 using solar energy. 

After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. McDonald worked for Toyota Research Institute of North America for 2 years before shifting his focus back to higher education.  Dr. McDonald has been at West Point since 2016 and has taught in both the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) (Engineering Materials and the Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design) and CLS (General Chemistry I and II).  Dr. McDonald transitioned as a full-time faculty member from CME to CLS in summer 2022.

Ongoing Research Projects


Dr. McDonald’s research efforts are focused on the synthesis and characterization of materials in support of the Army’s growing energy and supply chain needs.  His group primarily uses electrochemical synthesis routes to produce thin films of polycrystalline semiconducting electrodes and metal organic frameworks (MOFs) that can then easily be adapted to electrochemical, photoelectrochemical, or purification devices.  Examples of his group’s projects include the synthesis of polycrystalline n-type semiconducting electrodes for use in a photoelectrochemical cell to purify wastewater into potable water and the synthesis of MOFs thin films for use in the decomposition of chemical warfare agents.

Publications & Presentations


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Koleci, C.; Kowalski, E.M.; McDonald, K.J. The STEM Faculty Experience at West Point. Journal of College Science Teaching. 2022, 51 (6).

Koleci, C.; Kowalski, E.M.; McDonald, K.J. STEM Education within The West Point Experience. Journal of College Science Teaching. 2021, 50 (6).

Cardiel, A. C.; McDonald, K. J. and Choi, K. S.*  Electrochemical growth of copper hydroxy double salt films and their conversion to nanostructures p-type CuO photocathodes. Lagmuir. 2017 33 (37), 9262-9270.

Abstracts & Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Callahan, M.; Romsland, R.; McDonald, K.J.*; McCoy, B. Corrosion Mitigation For Mechnically-Fastend Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer Composites. Proceedings of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2022. 3.

Bibb, M.; Nowicki, M.*; McDonald, K. J.; Zander, N. Strength and Quality of Recycled Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). Proceedings of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2022. 3.

Addeo, S.; Nowicki, M.*; McDonald, K. J.; Zander, N. Strength and Qualities of Mixed Additive Manufacturing Materials. Proceedings of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2022. 3.

Campanella, J.; Figuerroa-Cecco, I.; Fujinaka, I.; Sasek, A.; Nowicki, M.*; McDonald, K.J.; Vargas-Gonzalez, L.; Ku, N. Additive Manufacturing with Ceramics. Proceedings of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2022. 3.

Romsland, R.; McDonald, K.J.* Corrosion Evaluation of a Navy Mk50 Weapon Station Friction Brake Assembly. Proceedings of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2020. 12.(Oral)