Alvin Orbaek White



About me

Dr Alvin Orbaek White (Dr. Orb) is a Senior Lecturer and Sêr Cymru II Fellow at Swansea University. He recently arrived to the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA) Department of Mechanical Engineering. Before this, he earned a PhD in Chemistry from Rice University (Houston, TX, USA).

In his vision to advance global energy security, he uses a circular economy philosophy. He focuses on valorising plastics to make high-value nanomaterials. He specialises in synthesis and applications of carbon nanotubes, graphene and carbon fibres.

Alvin is the founder of Trimtabs Ltd., a new technology company dedicated to solving global problems with maximum impact. Trimtabs was created to commercialise the technology that Alvin developed which can convert plastics into electical components.


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Research Interests

  1. Carbon nanomaterials

  2. Inorganic nanomaterials

  3. Smart chemistry with non-exotic materials

  4. Circular economy & smart carbon

  5. Energy distribution networks and digital ledger technologies