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Brendan MacDonald
BASc, MASc, PhD (Toronto), PEng

Assistant Professor

Department of Automotive, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Contact information

2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario L1G 0C5
Office: ACE 2021

905.721.8668 ext. 5716
905.721.3370 (fax)

Research topics

  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Interfacial Phenomena and Phase Change Processes
  • Microfluidics and Optofluidics
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Direct Solar Energy
  • Evaporative Cooling and Evaporating Droplets
  • Global Health Technology
  • Solar Water Treatment
  • Photocatalytic Nanotechnology
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Lab-on-a-Chip Technology


  • PhD (Mechanical Engineering), University of Toronto, 2011
  • MASc (Mechanical Engineering), University of Victoria, 2006
  • BASc (Mechanical Engineering), University of Waterloo, 2004


  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Thermodynamics
  • Applied Thermal and Fluids Engineering
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics

Research and expertise

Publications and presentations

  • Selected publications and presentations

    Journal Publications

    • Gong, M.M., MacDonald, B.D., Nguyen, T.V., Nguyen, K.V., Sinton, D., "Lab-in-a-pen: a diagnostics format familiar to patients for low-resource settings," Lab on a Chip, Vol. 14, Issue 5, pp. 957-963, 2014.
    • MacDonald, B.D., Gong, M.M., Zhang, P., Sinton, D., "Out-of-plane ion concentration polarization for scalable water desalination," Lab on a Chip, Vol. 14, Issue 4,  pp. 681-685, 2014.
    • Gong, M.M., MacDonald, B.D., Nguyen, T.V., Nguyen, K.V., Sinton, D., "Field tested millilitre-scale blood filtration device for point-of-care applications," Biomicrofluidics, Vol. 7, Issue 4 pp. 044111-1 to 044111-11, 2013.
    • Gong, M.M., MacDonald, B.D., Nguyen, T.V., Sinton, D., “Hand-powered microfluidics: A membrane pump with a patient-to-chip syringe interface,” Biomicrofluidics, Vol. 6, Issue 4, pp. 044102-1 to 044102-13, 2012.
    • MacDonald, B.D., Ward, C.A., “Onset of Marangoni convection for evaporating sessile droplets,” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol. 383, Issue 1, pp. 198-207, 2012.
    • MacDonald, B.D., Ward, C.A., “Onset of Marangoni convection for evaporating liquids with spherical interfaces and finite boundaries,” Physical Review E, Vol. 84, Issue 4, pp. 046319-1 to 046319-10, 2011.
    • Das, K., MacDonald, B.D., Ward, C.A., “Stability of evaporating water heated through the vapour and the liquid phases,” Physical Review E, Vol. 81, Issue 3, 036318-1 to 036318-14, 2010.
    • Li, W., Pham, H., Nie, Z., MacDonald, B.D., Guenther, A., Kumacheva, E., “Multi-step microfluidic polymerization reactions conducted in droplets: The internal trigger approach,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 130, Issue 30, 9935-9941, 2008.
    • MacDonald, B.D., Rowe, A., “Experimental and numerical analysis of dynamic metal hydride hydrogen storage systems,” Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 174, Issue 1, 282-293, 2007.
    • MacDonald, B.D., Rowe, A., “A thermally coupled metal hydride hydrogen storage and fuel cell system,” Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 161, Issue 1, 346-355, 2006.
    • MacDonald, B.D., Rowe, A., “Impacts of external heat transfer enhancements on metal hydride storage tanks,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 31, Issue 12, 1721-1731, 2006.