Carbon nanotubes up close.

Dr Alvin Orbaek White

Senior Lecturer, Chemical 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


Dr Alvin Orbaek White (Dr. Orb) is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and Sêr Cymru II Fellow at Swansea University. He moved to the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA) Department of Mechanical Engineering. He earned a PhD in Chemistry from Rice University (Houston, TX, USA).

In his vision to advance global energy security, he uses a circular economy philosophy in his research group, the Energy Futures Research Group at Swansea University. He focuses on valorising plastics to make high-value nanomaterials.

He specialises in the synthesis and applications of carbon nanotubes, graphene and carbon fibres.

Global energy security is not merely a technical challenge because long term security in a balanced society must also account for the human element, people. All people should have ready access to needed technologies and opportunities to grow and thrive to the best of their human capacity. At the individual level Alvin works to create an inclusive and dynamic learning environment in his classrooms (in person and virtual) to ensure growth of his students to go beyond his teaching. He also contributes in the Swansea University’s Black And Majority Ethnic (BAME) Network to instil growth within the University and Academic enterprise with the aim and hope to bring equal opportunity to all students and staff regardless of their background.

Alvin is also the founder of TrimTabs Ltd., a technology company dedicated to solving global problems with maximum impact. TrimTabs was created to commercialise technology that Alvin developed that can convert plastics into electrical components.

Further updates on his work and impact can be found on a rolling basis at his personal website:

Areas Of Expertise

  • Synthesis of carbon nanotubes
  • Nanomaterials and application toward a secure global energy future
  • Circular economy, chemical recycling & resource utilization
  • 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.
Research Collaborations