1. Carbon nanotube synthesis
  2. Controlled synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials, plasmonic nanoparticles & catalysts
  3. Smart chemistry with non-exotic materials


Dr. Orbaek White works at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is a Postdoctoral Associate in the research group of Professor John Hart, known as mechanosynthesis. He is also a recitation instructor for freshman physics students of course 8.012, Introduction to Mechanics.

His thesis topic was on the Catalytic Growth of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes with Professor Andrew R. Barron as research advisor. The objective was to grow armchair single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)*, with the express intention to create the Armchair Quantum Wire (AQW). He worked several projects related to the practicalities of such an endeavor. To this end he has experience with the separation, characterization, solution processing and synthesis of SWNTs, and various other carbon nanotubes (CNTs)#. This included contributions to published work regarding cancer treatment with groups at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine.

In exploring plasmonic resonance of silver nanoparticles, initially for biological applications, he developed a robust protocol that could be used for both practical and educational purposes. This resulted in two patents, and two publications.

Since 2010, Alvin has published 15 journal publications, has 2 patents related to nanotechnology and has presented three invited seminar talks in both the US and Ireland. He co-authored a trade textbook: Inorganic Chemistry for Dummies. His awards include the Younger Chemist of the Year award (2013) from the American Chemical Society, greater Houston section.


*SWNTs, pronounced “swints”
#CNTs, pronounced “see ehn tees”