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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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

Associate Professor

Department of 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
  • Thermodynamics
  • Sustainable Energy
  • External Heat Engines
  • Microfluidics
  • Capillary-driven Flows


  • 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
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Publications and presentations

  • Selected publications and presentations

    Journal Publications

    For an updated list of journal publications, please click here.

    • M.A. Mahmud, E.J.M. Blondeel, B.D. MacDonald, "Counting-based microfluidic paper-based devices capable of analyzing sub-microliter sample volumes," Biomicrofluidics 14 (2020) 014107.
    • A.S. Nielsen, B.T. York, B.D. MacDonald, "Stirling engine regenerators: How to attain over 95% regenerator effectiveness with sub-regenerators and thermal mass ratios," Applied Energy 253 (2019) 113557.
    • S. Ranieri, G.A.O. Prado, B.D. MacDonald, "Efficiency reduction in Stirling engines resulting from sinusoidal motion," Energies 11 (2018) 2887.
    • B.D. MacDonald, "Flow of liquids through paper," Journal of Fluid Mechanics 852 (2018) 1-4.
    • M.A. Mahmud, E.J.M. Blondeel, M. Kaddoura, B.D. MacDonald, "Features in microfluidic paper-based devices made by laser cutting: how small can they be?," Micromachines 9 (2018) 220.
    • R.F. Costa, B.D. MacDonald, "Comparison of the network output between Stirling and Ericsson cycles," Energies 11 (2018) 670.
    • S. Chakraborty, M.A. Rosen, B.D. MacDonald, "Analysis and feasibility of an evaporative cooling system with diffusion-based sessile droplet evaporation for cooling microprocessors," Applied Thermal Engineering 125 (2017) 104-110.
    • M.A. Chowdury, N. Walji, M.A. Mahmud, B.D. MacDonald, "Paper-based microfluidic device with a gold nanosensor to detect arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh," Micromachines 8 (2017) 71.
    • M.A. Mahmud, B.D. MacDonald, "Experimental investigation of interfacial energy transport in an evaporating sessile droplet for evaporative cooling applications," Physical Review E 95 (2017) 012609.
    • M.A. Mahmud, E.J.M. Blondeel, M. Kaddoura, B.D. MacDonald, "Creating compact and microscale features in paper-based devices by laser cutting," Analyst 141 (2016) 6449-6454.
    • N. Walji, B.D. MacDonald, "Influence of geometry and surrounding conditions on fluid flow in paper-based devices," Micromachines 7 (2016) 73.