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Mary Anne White

Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research (Emerita)

Department of Chemistry , Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science

Email: mary.anne.white@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-3894
Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Physical chemistry
  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Thermal properties of materials
  • Materials science
  • Energy storage


  • BSc, University of Western Ontario
  • PhD, McMaster University
  • PDF, University of Oxford

Research interests

Our aim is to understand the role of structure and dynamics in determination of thermal properties of materials. Direct applications include thermoelectrics for power production and solid-state cooling, thermochromic materials for sensors, and phase change materials for solar energy storage.

Selected awards and honours

  • American Chemical Society Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemical Education, 2012
  • Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, University of Western Ontario, 2011
  • Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, McMaster University, 2008
  • McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, 2007
  • University Research Professorship, Dalhousie University, 2005-2015

Selected publications

  • "Thermal conductivity of tunable lamellar Al2O3/PMMA hybrid composites." R. Chen, M. B. Johnson, K. P. Plucknett, and Mary Anne White* (J. Mater. Res., 2012, 27, 1869-1876).
  • "Physical properties of sheet drawn from arrays of multiwalled carbon nanotubes." J.-H. Pöhls, M. B. Johnson, Mary Anne White*, R. Malik, B. Ruff, C. Jayasinghe, M. J. Schulz, and V. Shanov. (Carbon, 2012, 50, 4175-4183).
  • "Characterization of thermal performance of a solid-solid phase change material, di-n-hexylammonium bromide, for potential integration in building materials." C. A. Whitman, M. B. Johnson, and Mary Anne White* (Thermochimica Acta, 2012, 531, 54-59).
  • "X-ray Absorption Studies of Local Structure and Electronic Properties of NaxSi136 (0<x<24) Clathrates." A. D. Ritchie, M. A. MacDonald, P. Zhang, M. A. White, M. Beekman, J. Gryko, and G. Nolas (Phys. Rev. B, 2010, 82, 155207:1-9).
  • "Thermal Properties of the Pyrochlore, Y2Ti2O7." M. B. Johnson, D. D. James, A. Bourque, H. A. Dabkowska, B. D. Gaulin, and Mary Anne White* (J. Solid State Chem., 2009, 182, 725-729).