Associate Professor   

ALS 2151






Ph.D. 1983, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

In the McFadden lab, we are teaching ourselves to strengthen wood, aiming at creating pieces that retain the appearance of wood but gain interesting chemical and physical properties due to the biochemical alterations we impose.  We borrow theory and techniques from materials science, geoscience and structural engineering with the ambition of creating new forms of wood having well-controlled structures and compositions of value for science and industry.  This project lends itself well to the larger picture of how biological assemblies are strengthened, giving us a close kinship with those who study biochemical systems such as teeth, bones, mollusk shells and the hardened cutting mouthparts of arthropods.

Representative Publications

 PubMed Citations