Dr Stuart McDonald

Dr Stuart McDonald is a graduate of The University of Queensland (UQ) having obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Manufacturing and Materials) in 1997 and a PhD in Materials Engineering in 2002. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Nihon Superior Centre for the Manufacture of Electronic Materials (NSCMEM) within the Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) at the University of Queensland.

His research is in the field of microstructure control through solidification science and in particular on understanding the effect of trace element additions on nucleation and growth phenomena. He has numerous publications and expertise in the areas of:

1. Solidification of aluminium, magnesium and titanium alloys
2. Grain refinement and modification of eutectic microstructures
3. Machining and heat treatment of titanium alloys
4. Mg-based hydrogen storage Alloy development

Dr McDonald makes an in-kind contribution to the Steel Research Hub in the supervision of PhD candidate, Matthew Gear, drawing on his knowledge of solidification and joining processes for the interpretation of coating microstructures.