Carbon nanotubes up close.

Dr Alvin Orbaek White

Senior Lecturer, Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 604947

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Office - 213
Second Floor
Energy Safety Research Institute
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Alvin (Dr.Orb), a Senior Lecturer at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) has the vision to advance global energy sustainability by developing efficient and equitable materials and methods of transmitting electricity. He develops new ways to produce and use carbon nanomaterials, while building a community of researchers to engage the issue.

He aims to impact the environment both locally and globally via a two-fold approach:

  1. Improve the energy infrastructure using carbon nanotubes to transmit electricity
  2. Turn carbon waste into higher-value products such as carbon nanotubes

He completed a PhD at Rice University, USA, on the catalytic growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes. He post-doc'd at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Areas Of Expertise

  • 1. Synthesis of carbon nanotubes
  • 2. Nanomaterials and application toward a secure global energy future
  • 3. Circular economy, chemical recycling & resource utilization
  • 4. Blockchain, energy distribution and the future of decentralized energy generation

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
 Learning is a life-long endeavour. It is a continuing process that requires different lessons at different times.

Alvin's vision is to advance global energy security by developing efficient and equitable materials and methods of transmitting electricity.

To join my research group, contact me with your CV and brief statement on how our interests align. Candidates must be eager to learn, willing to fail, but not be deterred.


Problems require solutions, not disciplines.

Please get in touch if you are interested to collaborate, regardless of your background or discipline.