Claire White

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Office Phone
E326 Engineering Quad

B.Eng. (Civil Eng., Hons.) / B.Sci. (Physics), University of Melbourne, 2006

Ph.D. (Chem. Eng.), University of Melbourne, 2010


Honors and Awards

  • President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton University, 2023
  • Gustavo Colonetti Medalist (RILEM), 2019
  • Howard B. Wentz Jr. Junior Faculty Award, Princeton University, 2017
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2016
  • Discovery Early Career Research Award, Australian Research Council, 2013
  • Outstanding Student Research Prize, Neutron Scattering Society of America, 2012
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Research Council, 2007-2010


  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Associate Professor, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Materials Institute

Research Interests

Dr. White’s research focuses on understanding and optimizing engineering and environmental materials, with an emphasis on controlling the chemical mechanisms responsible for formation and long-term degradation of low-CO2 cements. This research spans multiple length and time scales, utilizing advanced synchrotron and neutron-based experimental techniques, and simulation methodologies.

Selected Publications
  1. White CE, Provis JL, Proffen T, Riley DP, van Deventer JSJ, Combining density functional theory (DFT) and pair distribution function (PDF) analysis to solve the structure of metastable materials: The case of metakaolin., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12 (13) 3239-3245
  2. White CE, Henson NJ, Daemen, LL, Hartl M, Page K, Uncovering the true atomic structure of disordered materials: The structure of a hydrated amorphous magnesium carbonate (MgCO3·3D2O), Chem. Mater., 2014 26 (8) 2693-2702
  3. Morandeau AE, White CE, The role of magnesium-stabilized amorphous calcium carbonate in mitigating the extent of carbonation in alkali-activated slag, Chem. Mater., 2015 27 (19) 6625-6634
  4.  Özçelik VO, White CE, Nanoscale charge-balancing mechanism in alkali-substituted calcium–silicate–hydrate gels, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2016 7 (24) 5266-5272
  5.  Yang K, Özçelik VO, Garg N, Gong K, White CE, Drying-induced atomic structural rearrangements in sodium-based calcium-alumino-silicate-hydrate gel and the mitigating effects of ZrO2 nanoparticles, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018 20 8593-8606