Tim McDonald

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Tim McDonald, PhD is chief scientist at Electro Magnetic Applications where he has implemented new system-modeling approaches to simulate the interaction of systems and their electronics with electromagnetic environments in a shorter time, with more accuracy, and at a lower cost. He is a consultant to NASA and DoD major primes for specialty engineering of critical systems, development of novel nanomaterial solutions to EMI/EMC problems, and in the execution of major programs that require verification to electromagnetic environmental effects.

Select consulting engagements:

• Lightning and spacecraft plasma charging analysis of Lockheed Martin NASA Orion MPCV

• Lightning and HEMP analysis of Orbital Sciences MDA Ground-based Midcourse Defense Booster Vehicle rocket

• Program manager, analyst, and onsite coordination for Bell Helicopter lightning/HIRF certification support

• Program manager, analyst, and onsite coordination for Scaled Composites lightning mitigation


He has done training on modern numerical simulation-aided design to update the capabilities of Electromagnetic Effects departments at aerospace companies around the world including:

• Lockheed Martin

• Turkish Aerospace Industries

• Bell Helicopter

• Cessna

• Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru)


In addition, he has specific experience in helping develop new nanomaterial solutions to E3 applications, including novel lightning protection approaches and transparent conductors.

Notable Honors:

  • Received the honor of distinction for his dissertation, which is awarded to the top 10 percent of all Columbia University dissertations in a calendar year.
  • Won a Research Associateship through the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Received the Thermo Fisher “Raman Touch Award” in 2008 for making significant contributions to advancing the human condition through the use of Raman spectroscopy.
  • Authored paper describing “wiring-up” of Hydrogenase with a carbon nanotube that was listed in the American Chemical Society’s “Five Firsts of 2007″.

Notable publications include:

  • T. J. McDonald, “Systems Level Perspectives for E3 and EMI Control,” IEEE EMC 2014 TC4 Tutorial, Raleigh, NC (2014).
  • T. J. McDonald, “Advanced Electromagnetic Simulation Techniques for Novel and Modern Materials in Aerospace Composites,” SAMPE Seattle 2014
  • T. J. McDonald, “Graphene and Related Materials and Their Application as Lightning Strike Protection Material,” Graphene Commercialization and Applications Conference, San Mateo, CA (2013)
  • T. J. McDonald, C. Weber, G. Rigden, R. A. Perala, “Sub-cell modeling techniques for lightning fuel system simulation,” International Conference on Lightning and Static Electricity (ICOLSE), Seattle, WA (2013)
  • T. J. McDonald, J. Kitaygorsky “Carbon nanotube additives for non-destructive evaluation and electromagnetic compatibility of composites,” Electromagnetic Compatibility (APEMC), 2010 Asia-Pacific Symposium on  (2010).
  • T. J. McDonald, J. R. Elliott, J. Kitaygorsky, D. Lamm “Carbon Nanotube Additives for Electromagnetic Compatibility of Composites,” SAMPE Fall Conference, Salt Lake City, UT (2010).
  • Q. Xu, Q. Song, X. Ai, T. J. McDonald, H. Long, S. Y. Ding, M. E. Himmel, G. Rumbles “Engineering carbohydrate-binding module (CBM) protein-suspended single-walled carbon nanotubes in water,” Chem. Commun. 337 (2009). pdf
  • J. L. Blackburn, D. Svedruzic, T. J. McDonald, Y. H. Kim, P. W. King, M. J. Heben “Raman spectroscopy of charge transfer interactions between single wall carbon nanotubes and [FeFe] hydrogenase,” Dalton Trans., 5454 (2008). pdf
  • J. L. Blackburn, T. M. Barnes, M. C. Beard, Y. Kim, R. C. Tenent, T. J. McDonald, B. To, T. J. Coutts, M. J. Heben, “Transparent Conductive Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Networks with Precisely Tunable Ratios of Semiconducting and Metallic Nanotubes,” ACS Nano, 2, 1266 (2008). pdf
  • J. L. Blackburn, T. J. McDonald, W. K. Metzger, C. Engtrakul, G. Rumbles, M. J. Heben, “Protonoation Effects on the Branching Ratio in Photoexcited Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Dispersions,” Nano Letters, 8, 1047 (2008).  pdf
  • S. Niyogi, S. Boukhalfa, S. B. Chikkannanavar, T. J. McDonald, M. J. Heben, S. K. Doorn “Selective Aggregation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes via Salt Addition,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, 1898 (2007).
  • W. K. Metzger, T. J. McDonald, C. Engtrakul, J. L. Blackburn, Gregory D. Scholes, G. Rumbles, and M. J. Heben, “Temperature Dependence of Excitonic Decay in Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes,” J. Phys. Chem. C 111, 3601 (2007). pdf
  • M. Jones, W. K. Metzger, T. J. McDonald, C. Engtrakul, R. J. Ellingson, G. Rumbles, and M. J. Heben, “Extrinsic and Intrinsic Effects on the Excited-State Kinetics of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes,” Nano Letters, 7, 300 (2007). pdf
  • T. J. McDonald, D. Svedruzic, Y. H. Kim, J. Blackburn, S. B. Zhang, P. King, and M. J. Heben, “Wiring-up an active hydrogenase with single-walled carbon nanotubes,” Nano Letters, 7, 3528 (2007). pdf
  • G. D. Scholes, S. Tretiak, T. J. McDonald, W. K. Metzger, C. Engtrakul, G. Rumbles, M. J. Heben, “Low-Lying Exciton States Determine the Photophysics of Semiconducting Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes,” J. Phys. Chem. C, 111, 11139 (2007). pdf
  • T. J. McDonald, J. L. Blackburn, W. K. Metzger, G. Rumbles, M. J. Heben, “Chiral-Selective Protection of Single-walled Carbon Nanotube Photoluminescence by Surfactant Selection,” J. Phys. Chem. C., 111, 17894 (2007). pdf
  • T. J. McDonald, M. Jones, C. Engtrakul, R. Ellingson, G. Rumbles, and M. J. Heben, “Near-infrared Fourier Transform Photoluminescence Spectrometer with Tunable Excitation for the Study of Single-walled Nanotubes,” Review of Scientific Instruments, 77, 053104 (2006). pdf
  • T. J. McDonald, C. Engtrakul, M. Jones, G. Rumbles, and M.J. Heben, “Kinetics of PL Quenching During Single-walled Carbon Nanotube Rebundling and Diameter Dependent Surfactant Interactions,” J. Phys. Chem. B, 110, 25339 (2006). pdf
  • D. Karaiskaj, C. Engtrakul, T. J. McDonald, M. J. Heben, and A. Mascarenhas “Intrinsic and Extrinsic Effects in the Temperature-Dependent Photoluminescence of Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes,” Physical Review Letters, 96, 106805 (2006). pdf
  • J. L. Blackburn, C. Engtrakul, T. J. McDonald, A. C. Dillon, and M. J. Heben” Effects of Surfactant and Boron Doping on the BWF Feature in the Raman Spectrum of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Aqueous Dispersions,” J. Phys. Chem. B, 110, 25551 (2006). pdf
  • McDonald Dissertation, “Optical studies and chiral purification of single-walled carbon nanotubes for solar cell applications,” March 2007. pdf