Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Tim White
Adviser, Office of International Engagement
President’s Chair in Materials Science and Engineering
Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
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Tim White received his PhD from the Australian National University in mineral chemistry and crystallography. He is presently Vice President (International Engagement) and the President's Chair in Materials Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. During his career he has held leadership 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. He was President of The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (2010-2013), and since 2020 been President of the Materials Research Society - Singapore.
Tim White has forty years of experience in the design and demonstration of advanced materials for environmental 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 250 publications, 4 conference proceedings, 3 patents and confidential reports to industry.

From 2007, he was a pioneer in developing online tools for teaching microscopy and diffraction methods through the Online Microscopy and Nanoscience Instruction OMNI platform. 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. Currently, he works in partnership with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München for the joint-development and deployment of the Adaptive Learning and Teaching System ATLAS on-line platform to serve the needs of life-long learners, as well as catering for graduate students.

At NTU he played an integral role in developing multiple 5 year plans and is responsible for research infrastructure development and maintaining partnerships with universities and companies worldwide, serving on the Governing Boards/Steering Committees for many of these collaborations including corporate laboratories; for the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Innovation (CREATE) with the likes of Cambridge, ETH Zurich and Hebrew University of Jerusalem (); national laboratory partnerships (Fraunhofer and CNRS) and government sponsored key centres such as the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing SC3DP.
  • Monetary Academic Resources for Research
  • Perovskite-Based Heterostructures with Tunable Novel Optoelectronic Properties and Applications
US 2016/0052851 A1: A Metal-Doped Hydroxyapatite Catalyst (2017)
Abstract: The present invention provides the use of a metal-doped hydroxyapatite catalyst for highly selective conversion of an alcohol to an aldehyde at low temperatures. More specifically, the invention provides the use of a silver-doped hydroxyapatite catalyst for the highly selective oxidative dehydrogenation of ethanol to acetaldehyde. The present invention also provides the method for converting ethanol to acetaldehyde using a silver-doped hydroxyapatite catalyst.