John White (chemist)

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John William White, AO, CMG, FRS, FAA, FAIP, FRACI, FRSC is currently Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Research School of Chemistry, at the Australian National University.[1]

He is a Past President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute and President of Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He has held the Argonne Fellowship (U. of Chicago) and was for many years a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford. Between 1975 and 1981 he was Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France. He is a founder member of the International Society for Science and Religion[2]


White and his team have developed a simple method to produce a stable, thin (~90 Å) oil film on the surface of pure water, suitable for direct measurements of the oil-water interface using ellipsometry, X-ray or neutron reflectometry, or other experimental methods.[3] Related research investigates nanoparticle interactions with protein.[4] The public health implications of this research have also been evaluated.[5]

Honours and awards[edit]

He has been awarded fellowships of the Royal Society of Chemistry (1982), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1986), the Australian Institute of Physics (1986), the Royal Society of London (1993) and the Australian Academy of Sciences (1991). He has received the H. G. Smith Medal (1997), the Craig Medal (2005), the Leighton Medal (2005) and the AONSA Prize (2015). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Australian Academy of Science.[when?]

He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.[6] and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2016.[7]


  1. ^ Basic Bio-details here
  2. ^ Founding members of ISSR Archived 2008-03-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Yaron, P.N.; Reynolds, P.A.; McGillivray, D.J.; Mata, J.P.; White, J.W. (2010). "Nano- and microstructure of high-internal phase emulsions under shear". J. Phys. Chem. B. 114 (10): 3500–3509. doi:10.1021/jp9084525. 
  4. ^ Ang, JC; Lin, J-M; Yaron, PN; White, JW (2010). "Protein trapping of silica nanoparticles". Soft Matter. 6 (2): 383–390. doi:10.1039/b919256e. 
  5. ^ Faunce, TA; White, JW; Matthaei, K (2008). "Integrated Research into the Nanoparticle-Protein Corona: A New Focus for Safe, Sustainable and Equitable Development of Nanomedicines". Nanomedicine. 3 (6): 859–865. doi:10.2217/17435889.3.6.859. 
  6. ^ It's an Honour: Centenary Medal. Retrieved 12 December 2016
  7. ^ It's an Honour: AO. Retrieved 12 December 2016