Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Tim White

Associate Vice President (Infrastructure & Programmes), Nanyang Technological University
Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering

Prof Tim White

Tim White received his PhD from the Australian National University in mineral chemistry and crystallography. He is presently Associate Vice President (Infrastructure and Programmes) and the President's Chair in Materials Science and Engineering. During his career he has held various posts at the Australian National University (Canberra), Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (Singapore), The University of South Australia (Adelaide), University of Queensland (Brisbane), The University of Melbourne, and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Sydney). Secondments have included the Institute for Transuranium Elements (Germany), Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute and The University of New Mexico (US). His research awards include the Cowley-Moodie Award for Electron Microscopy and a Senior Fulbright Fellow, and an Asia Fellowship.
Research Interests
Tim White has thirty years of experience in the design and demonstration of advanced materials for environmental, superconducting, ionic conductivity and hydrogen storage applications. His particular interests lie in tailoring ceramics at the atomic scale to develop or enhance particular properties. These studies have been supported and facilitated through the use of advanced characterization methods, including atomic resolution electron microscopy, crystal refinement using X-ray and neutron diffraction, and synchrotron-based surface analysis for the investigation of chemical states and molecular environments. He is author or co-author of over 200 publications, 4 conference proceedings, 3 patents and confidential reports to industry.

In 2006, he introduced a suite of teaching modules for materials scientists called On-line Micro- and Nano-characterisation Instruction (OMNI). These courses were extended by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council to create MyScope, a national curriculum in microscopy and imaging. For three years (2007-2009), he ran the first totally on-line course at NTU called Symmetry and Crystals. Together with a team from Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), he is delivering the Coursera MOOC Beauty, Form and Function: An Exploration of Symmetry.
Current Projects
  • Development Of A Series Of 15 Courses Of 36 Academic Units(AUSs) In The Field Of Materials Science And Engineering
  • Ecomaterials Design & Development
  • Fundamental Analysis and Approaches to the Design and Optimisation of Thermoelectric Ceramics
  • Incommensuration in Oxide Crystal Structures: Impacts on Photocatalysis and Ion Conduction
  • Interfacial Research for Lithium-ion Technology Enhancing Solutions (INTER-LiTES)
  • Investigation of Materials for Perovskite-based Solar Cells
  • Investigation of structural aspects related to metal release in apatite phases
  • Ligand Mediated Defect Passivation of Inorganic NCs for Enhanced Quantum Effects
  • Materials survival under extreme conditions
  • MnNiSi Magnetocaloric Single Crystals Prepared Using an Optical Floating Zone Mirror Furnace
  • Monetary Academic Resources for Research
  • NTU-CSIRO Collaboration on Advanced Manufacturing, Health and Bio-security Technologies
  • New Architectures For Na Ion Batteries For Large Scale EnergTechnology Platform For Conversion Of Functionalized NaturalBiotechnological Platform For Valorization Of Food ProcessinWaste To Wealth In Circular Bio-economy. Additive Manufactur
  • Nitrogen-Doped TIO2-Activated Carbon (AC) Composite for Adsorptive Photocatalytic Oxidation-Reduction of Refractory Organic Substances Under Solar Irradiation in Water Purification
  • Optimisation of Quantum Effects in Apatite-based Nanocomposite Metallic and Semiconductor Catalysts for Environmental Protection
  • Optimization of Apatite Anion Sublattices in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrolytes
  • PONdER: Public Opinion of Nuclear Energy
  • Perovskite Optoelectronics: Multidimensional Perovskites For High Performance Solution-Processed Light-Emitting Devices
  • Perovskite Optoelectronics: Multidimensional Perovskites for High Performance Solution-Processed Light-Emitting Devices
  • Pressure-modulated structural, electronic and optical properties in nano-materials
  • Redox Responsive Organometallic Hydrogels as Metal Nanoparticle Foundry for “Smart” Electrocatalysis
  • To develop TBL content for Research Integrity to supplement e-learning for postgraduate students
Selected Publications
  • ZL Dong, TJWhite. (2019). Crystal structure of calcium vanadate-phosphate fluoride. Powder Diffraction , , 1-4.
  • YJ Ke; SC Wang; GW Liu; M Li; TJ White; Y Long. (2018). Vanadium Dioxide: The Multistimuli Responsive Material and Its Applications.. Small, 14(19), 1802025.
  • Tingting Yin, Bo Liu, Jiaxu Yan, Yanan Fang, Minghua Chen, Wee Kiang Chong, Shaojie Jiang, Jer-Lai Kuo, Jiye Fang, Pei Liang, Shuhuai Wei, Kian Ping Loh, Tze Chien Sum, Timothy J. White, Ze Xiang Shen. (2018). Pressure-Engineered Structural and Optical Properties of Two-Dimensional (C4H9NH3)2PbI4 Perovskite Exfoliated nm-Thin Flakes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141(3), 1235.
  • M Tian, A Buchard, SA Wells, Y Fang, L Torrente-Murciano, A. Nearchou, Z. Dong, TJ White, A Sartbaeva, VP Ting. (2018). Mechanism of CO2 capture in nanostructured sodium amide encapsulated in porous silica.. Surface and Coatings Technology , 350, 227-233.
  • Y Fang, SJ Page, GJ Rees, M Avdeev, JV Hanna, TJ White. (2018). Crystal Chemistry of Vanadium-Bearing Ellestadite Waste Forms. Inorganic Chemistry, 57(15), 9122-9132.

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