Aidan McDonald is a native of Dublin. He obtained a First Class Honours Degree and Gold medal in Chemistry from TCD in June 2002. From September 2003 to February 2008 Aidan carried out his Ph.D. studies in the group of Prof. Gerard van Koten at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, producing a thesis entitled ‘Immobilised Homogeneous Catalysts for Sequential Fine Chemical Synthesis’.
After his Ph.D. Aidan travelled to the United States in March 2008 to join the group of Prof. Lawrence Que at the University of Minnesota. He was awarded an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2009 allowing him to initiate his independent career in the Que lab. Aidan was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at TCD in July 2012. In January 2013 Aidan was awarded a European Union FP7 Marie-Curie Career Integration Grant.
Aidan’s research group design and synthesise model complexes that mimic metalloprotein active sites. They then investigate the reactivity of these model complexes in order to: a) better understand metalloproteins; b) design novel catalysts; and c) develop treatments for adverse metalloprotein chemistry. Under AMBER, Aidan’s group have been developing novel coordination chemistry protocols towards the functionalisation of 2D nanomaterials. The functionalised nanomaterials will be applied in photovoltaics and catalysis.