Dr. Alvin Orbaek White is a Senior Lecturer and Sêr Cymru II Fellow and at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI). His vision is to advance global energy sustainability through the  development of more efficient and equitable methods of transporting  electricity. To this end, he is building a research group and we are researching methods to produce and use carbon nanomaterials. While also building a community of researchers and stakeholders to engage this issue.

Throughout  his academic career, Dr. Orbaek White has worked to develop innovative  methods to synthesis and characterise carbon nano materials. He  completed his PhD at Rice University, USA, on the catalytic growth of single walled  carbon nanotubes. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he developed a novel technique resulting in the growth of SWCNTs with centimeter length scales; called ultra-long CNTs.

Education and mentorship is also a priority. For instance, Dr. Orbaek White developed a teaching laboratory module for undergraduate chemistry students on plasmonic silver nanoparticles. He also raised funds through a program called Project SEED providing students from low-income households with a summer stipend and the opportunity to conduct chemistry research at Rice University.

Alvin is an alumnus of the Welsh Crucible (2017) and the Digital Economy Crucible (2017).

A copy of his CV can be found here.

If you would like to join our group,  please contact me and include your CV and a brief introduction stating how your interests relate to our research. A list of the some PhD projects are here, these will change according to needs and funding. For postdoctoral  applicants please also attach your three most important publications.
Availability changes according to project needs and funding; but, I am always ready to meet the most outstanding candidates from all fields and areas of expertise.

Areas of Expertise

  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Synthesis of ultra long single walled carbon nanotubes
  • Synthesis of carbon nanomaterials for energy distribution
  • Controlled synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials
  • Synthesis of plasmonic nanoparticles
  • Catalytic growth of carbon nanomaterials (single and multi wall carbon nanotubes)
  • Education of chemistry by use of silver nanotechnology


  1. & Synthesis and Characterization of Silver Nanoparticles for an Undergraduate Laboratory. Journal of Chemical Education 92(2), 339-344.
  2. & Overcoming the “Coffee-Stain” Effect by Compositional Marangoni-Flow-Assisted Drop-Drying. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 116(22), 6536-6542.
  3. & Preparation and evaluation of polyethyleneimine-single walled carbon nanotube conjugates as vectors for pancreatic cancer treatment. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2(29), 4740
  4. & Spatial and Contamination-Dependent Electrical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes. Nano Letters 18(2), 695-700.
  5. & Increasing the Efficiency of Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Amplification by Fe–Co Catalysts Through the Optimization of CH4/H2Partial Pressures. Nano Letters 11(7), 2871-2874.
  6. & High-Fidelity Replica Molding of Glassy Liquid Crystalline Polymer Microstructures. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8(12), 8110-8117.
  7. & Towards a ‘catalyst activity map’ regarding the nucleation and growth of single walled carbon nanotubes. Journal of Experimental Nanoscience 10(1), 66-76.
  8. & Highly Consistent Atmospheric Pressure Synthesis of Carbon Nanotube Forests by Mitigation of Moisture Transients. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120(20), 11277-11287.

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  • EG-103 Heat Transfer

    The module is designed to provide a basic understanding of heat transfer in Chemical Engineering. Subjects will include: conduction, convection (forced and natural) and radiation. Students will be given a basis for the more advanced study of the subject in other modules. Students will be introduced to process equipment used in industry that deals with heat transfer.

  • EGA326 Chemical Engineering Design Project

    This module aims to give students experience in handling a complex and integrated engineering process design. This task will require, and so reinforce, the material taught throughout the undergraduate course and an additional amount of material from directed private study. The module provides transferable skills related to working in a team environment on a major project.


  • Modelling PEM Fuel Cell for Automotive Applications. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Charlie Dunnill

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Charlie Dunnill
  • Design and development of a Tesla furnace for the growth of carbon nanotubes (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Charlie Dunnill
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Barron
  • Towards the development of larger scale CO2 electrolysers (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Enrico Andreoli

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2016 Postdoctoral Associate Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2013 Ph.D Chemistry Rice University
2010 M.A Chemistry Rice University
2006 Certificate International Space University, Strasbourg, France
2003 B.Sc Experimental Physics National University of Ireland Galway

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
January 2017 Present Sêr Cymru II Fellow Swansea University
September 2016 Present Senior Lecturer Swansea University
January 2014 July 2016 Postdoctoral Associate Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2012 2013 Author John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
2006 2006 Consultant Engineer Centre de Tecnologia Aeroespacial (CTAE), Barcelona, Spain.
2003 2005 Accounts Payable Deloitte (S2G), Barcelona, Spain