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Jeffery L. White

ProfessorDr. Jeff White

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Ph.D. Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (Distinguished), 1992

B.Sc. Chemistry (Summa Cum Laude), Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX, 1987



1992-93 AT&T Bell Laboratories; Postdoctoral Research Fellow



1993-2000  ExxonMobil; Senior Research Scientist

2000-2005  Assistant and Associate Professor, North Carolina State University



2010-2011  Fulbright Research Scholar

DuPont Science and Engineering Award (2003)



  • Heterogeneous catalysis, catalyst design, fundamental understanding of reaction mechanisms
  • Heterogeneous polymeric materials, copolymers, composites, and blends
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, diffusometry


(last updated January 2018) 

  1. Chen, K.; Abdolrhamani, M.; Sheets, E.; Freeman, J.; Ward, G.; White, J. L. Direct Detection Of Multiple Acidic Sites in Zeolite HZSM-5, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017,139 (51), 18698-18704.
  2. Kelsey, J.; Pickering, N.: Clough, A.; Zhou, J.; White, J. L. Multiblock Inverse-Tapered Copolymers: Glass Transition Temperatures and Dynamic Heterogeneity as a Function of Chain Architecture, Macromolecules 2017,50 (18), 7233-7240.
  3. Chen, K.; Gumidyala, A.; Abdolrhamani, M.; Villines, C.; Crossley, S.; White, J. L. Trace Water Amounts Can Increase Benzene H/D Exhange Rates in an Acidic Zeolite, Journal of Catalysis 2017, 351, 130-135.
  4. Chen, K.; Kelsey, J.; Zhang, L.; Resasco, D. White*, J. L. Water Interactions in Zeolite Catalysts and Their Hydrophobically-Modified AnaloguesACS Catalysis 2015, 5, 7480-7487.
  5. Clough, A.; Sigle, J; Jacobi, D.; Sheremata, J.; White*, J. L. Characterization of Kerogen and Source Rock Maturation Using Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, Energy and Fuels 2015, 29 (10), 6370.
  6. Zhu, L.; Chen, K.; White, J. L.; Resasco, D. Factors That Determine Zeolite Stability in Hot Liquid Water J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 11810-11819.
  7. Sigle, J; Clough, A.; Zhou, J. J.; White*, J. L. Controlling Macroscopic Properties by Tailoring Nanoscopic Interfaces in Tapered Copolymers Macromolecules201548, 5714-5722.
  8. Tapash, A.; DesLauriers, P.; White*, J. L. Simple NMR Experiments Reveal the Influence of Chain Length and Chain Architecture on the Crystalline/Amorphous Interface in Polyethylenes, Macromolecules 2015, 48, 3040. 
  9. Hodge, M.; Gyanwali, G.; Villines, C.; White*, J. L. Synthesis of Amphiphilic Polymer Networks with Guest-Host Properties, J. Polym. Sci. A Polym. Chem. 2015, 53, 1824. 
  10. Chen, K.; Damron, J.; Pearson, C.; Zhang, L.; Resasco, D. White*, J. L.  Zeolite Catalysis: Water Can Dramatically Increase or Suppress Alkane C-H Bond Activation, ACS Catalysis 2014, 4, 3039. 
  11. Patil, N.; Kelsey, J.; White*, J. L. Self-Assembled Polymer Nanocomposites and Their Networks, J. Appl. Poly. Sci. 2014, DOI: 10.1002/APP.4111 
  12. Clough, A.; Sigle, J; Tapash, A.; Patil, N.; Gill, L.; Zhou, J. J.; White*, J. L. Component-Specific Heterogeneity and Differential Phase Partitioning in Gradient Copolymers Revealed by Solids NMR Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 2625. 
  13. Patil, N.; Kelsey, J.; White*, J. L. Creating Polymer Templates and Their Use in In-Situ Synthesis of Biodegradable Polymer Composites Polymer, 2014, 55, 2332. 
  14. Gyanwali, G.; Hodge, M.; Ausman, K. A.; White*, J. L. C60-Polymer Nanocomposite Networks Enabled by Guest-Host Chemistry Macromolecules, 2013, 46, 6118 (highlighted on Macromolecules web site). 
  15. Gyanwali, G.; Hodge, M.; White*, J. L. Orthogonal Polymer Networks That Contain Dynamic Nodes Polymer 2013, 54, 2257. 
  16. Gyanwali, G.; Hodge, M.; White*, J. L. Cyclodextrin Functionalization: Simple Routes to Tailored Solubilities and Nanoscopic Polymer Networks  J. Polym. Sci. Polym. Chem. 2012, 50, 3269. 
  17. White*, J. L., Gill, L.; Wachowicz, M.; Damron, J.; Wolak, J. New Insights into Amorphous Macromolecules and Their Mixtures from Advanced Magnetic Resonance Experiments ACS Symp. Ser.  2011, 1077, 67.
  18. Vasanthan, N.; White, J. L.; Gyanwali, G.; Shin, I. D.; Pasquinelli, M.; Tonelli, A. E. Comparison of the Solid-State Conformations and 13C-NMR Spectra of Poly (trimethylene terephthalate) and its Model Compounds, with Some Surprisingly Puzzling Results Macromolecules, 2011, 44, 7050. 
  19. White, J. L. Methanol-to-Hydrocarbon Chemistry: The Carbon Pool (R)Evolution Cat. Sci. Tech., 2011, 1, 1630.  
  20. Justyna Strankowska, Zbigniew Fojud, Stefan Jurga, Michał Strankowski, Jeffery L. White, Polymer-Dependent Layer Structures in Montmorillonite Nanocomposites, J. Analy. Sci. Tech. 2011, 2, A22. 
  21. Gill, L.; Damron, J.; Wachowicz, M.; White*, J. L. Glass Transitions, Segmental Dynamics, and Friction Coefficients for Individual Polymers in Multicomponent Polymer Systems by Chain Level Experiment Macromolecules, 2010, 43, 3903. 
  22. Rovira-Truitt, R.; Patil, N.; Castillo, F.; White*, J. L. Synthesis and Characterization of Biopolymer Composites from the Inside Out Macromolecules, 2009, 42, 7772. 
  23. Wachowicz, M.; Gill, L.; White,* J. L.; Polyolefin Blend Miscibility: Polarization Transfer versus Direct Excitation Exchange NMR Macromolecules, 2009, 42, 553
  24. Truitt, M. J.; White,* J. L. Alkane Activation in Zeolite Beta, invited contribution for special issue of Elsevier journal Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance devoted to “NMR in Catalysis”, 2009, 35, 100. 
  25. White*, J. L.; Wachowicz, M. Polymer Miscibility Ann. Rev. NMR Spectr., 2008, 64, 189. (invited review) 
  26. Wachowicz, M.; Gill, L.; Wolak, J. E.; White,* J. L.; Polypropylene and Polyethylene-Copolymer Blend Miscibility: Slow Chain Dynamics in Individual Blend Components Near the Glass Transition Macromolecules, 2008, 41, 2832. 
  27. Heath, W. H.; Palmieri, F.; Adams, J. R.; Long, B. K.; Chute, J.; Holcombe, T. W.; Zieren, S.; Truitt, M. J.; White, J. L.; Willson, C. G.   Degradable Cross-Linkers and Strippable Imaging Materials for Step-and-Flash Imprint Lithography  Macromolecules, 2008, 41, 719-726. 
  28. Wachowicz, M.; White,* J. L.; Miscible Blend Dynamics and Thermodynamics in Amorphous Polymers Macromolecules, 2007, 40, 5433-5440.
  29. White,* J. L.; Truitt, M. J. Heterogeneous Catalysis in Solid Acids Progress in NMR Spectroscopy,  2007, 51, 139. 
  30. Sremanik, L.; Whitten, J. L.; Truitt, M. J.; White,* J. L. Weak Hydrogen Bonding Can Initiate Alkane C-H Bond Activation in Acidic Zeolites J. Phys. Chem. B 2006, 110, 20762. 
  31. Green,* M. M.; White,* J. L.; Mirau, P. A. C-H to O Hydrogen Bonding: The Attractive Interaction in the Blend between Polystyrene and Poly(vinyl methyl ether) Macromolecules, 2006, 39, 5971.
  32. Truitt, M. J.; Rovira, R.; White,* J. L. Alkane C-H Bond Activation in Zeolites: Evidence for Direct Protium Exchange J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 1847-1852. 
  33. Wolak, J. E. and White,* J. L. Factors That Allow Non-Polar Macromolecules to Form Miscible Blends: Head-to-Head Polypropylene and Polyisobutylene, Macromolecules, 2005, 38, 10466-10471. 
  34. Jia, X.; Wang, X.; Tonelli, A. E.; White,* J. L.  Two-Dimensional Spin-Diffusion NMR Reveals Differential Miscibility in Biodegradable Polymer Blends, Macromolecules, 2005, 38, 2775-2780. 
  35. Porbeni, F.; Wang, X.; White, J. L.; Jia, X; Tonelli, A. E. Morphology and Dynamics of the PCL-b-PLLA Di-block Copolymer and its Inclusion Compound with α-CD: A Solid-State 13C-NMR Study, J. Polym. Sci. Polym. Phys. 2005, 43, 2086-2096. 
  36. Rusa, C. C.; Wei, M.; Bullions, T.; Balik, C. M.; White, J. L., Tonelli, A. E. Controlling the Polymorphic Behavior of Semicrystalline Polymers with Inclusion Compounds, Crystal Growth and Design, 2004, 4, 1431. 
  37. Truitt, M.; Toporek, S.; Rivera, R.; White,* J. L. Identification of an Adsorption Complex Between an Alkane and Zeolite Active Sites, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 11144. 
  38. Wachowicz, M.; Wolak, J.; Gracz, H.; Stejskal, E. O.; Jurga, S.; White,* J. L. Length Scales Which Perturb Chain Packing in Amorphous Polymers Macromolecules 2004, 37, 4573-4579. 
  39. Wolak, J. E.; Jia, X.; White,* J. L. Glass Transition Timescales and Configurational Entropy in Macromolecules: An Experimental Molecular View J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 13660-13661. 
  40. Wolak, J.; Knudsen, J.; Boyle, P.; Sargent, A. E.; Martin, J. D.; White,* J. L. Dynamic Disorder and Conformer Exchange in the Crystalline Monomer of Polycarbonate J. Phys. Chem. B 2003, 107, 13293-13299. 
  41. Wolak, J.; Jia, X.; Gracz, H.; Stejskal, E. O.; Wachowicz, M.; Jurga, S. J.; White,* J. L. Polyolefin Miscibility: Solid-State NMR Investigation of Phase Behavior in Saturated Hydrocarbon Blends Macromolecules 2003, 36, 4844-4850. 
  42. Jia, X.; Wolak, J.; Wang, X.; White,* J. L. Independent Determination of 1H Spin-Diffusion Coefficients in Amorphous Polymers and Their Blends Macromolecules 2003, 36, 712-718. 
  43. Wang, X.; White,* J. L. Polyolefin Blend Miscibility: Intramonomer Polarization Transfer to Calibrate Spin-Diffusion Coefficients in Mobile Polymers Macromolecules 2002, 35, 3795-3798.
  44. Wang, X.; Coleman, J.; Jia, X.; White,* J. L. Quantitative Investigations of Transient Acidity in Zeolites and Molecular Sieves J. Phys. Chem. B. 2002, 106, 4941-4946.
  45. Wang, X.; White,* J. L. Structural Investigations of Solid Proteins at Natural Abundance Using 1D and 2D Multiple Pulse NMR Macromolecules 2002, 35, 2633-2639.
  46. Wei, M.; Davis, W.; Urban, B.; Song, Y.; Porbeni, F.; Wang, X.; White, J. L.; Balik, C. M.; Rusa, C. C.; Tonelli, A. E. Manipulation of Nylon-6 Crystal Structures with its a-Cyclodextrin Inclusion Compound Macromolecules 2002, 35, 8039.
  47. Buillions, T. A.; Forbeni, F.; Wei, F.; White, J. L.; Tonelli, A. E. Reorganization of the Structure, Morphologies, and Conformations of Bulk Polymers via Coalescence from Their Inclusion Compounds J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Phys. 2002, 40, 992.
  48. Adriaensens, P.; Pollaris, A.; Vanderzande, D.; Gelan, J.; White, J. L.; Kelchtermans, M., Relationships Between Microvoid Heterogeneity and Physical Properties in Cross-linked Elastomers: An NMR Imaging Study Macromolecules 2000, 33, 7116.
  49. Adriaensens, P.; Pollaris, A.; Vanderzande, D.; Gelan, J.; White,* J. L.; Dias, A. J.; Kelchtermans, M. Critical Analysis of Network Heterogeneity in Isobutylene-Based Elastomers by NMR Imaging Macromolecules 1999, 32, 4692-4699. 
  50. White,* J. L.; Lohse, D. J. Spin Diffusion Detection of Miscibility in an Anomalous Nonpolar Polymer Blend Macromolecules 1999, 32, 958-960.
  51. White,* J. L.; Brant, P. Direct Detection of Miscibility in Saturated Polymer Blends Macromolecules, 1998, 31, 5424-5429.
  52. White,* J. L.; Dias, A. J.; Ashbaugh, J. R. A Detailed Analysis of Differential Dynamics and Morphology in Polyisobutylene and Polyisobutylene-Based Copolymers Macromolecules, 1998, 31, 1880-1888.
  53. White, J. L. Exploiting Methyl Groups as Motional Labels for Structure Analysis in Solid Polymers Solid State Nucl. Magn. Reson. 1997, 10, 79-88.
  54. White,* J. L.; Schaffer, T.; Ruff, C. J., Incorporation of Isoprene in Isobutylene/Isoprene Copolymers: NMR Identification of Branching in Butyl Rubber Macromolecules, 1995, 28, 3290-3300.
  55. White, J. L.; Mirau, P., Heteronuclear Correlation in Solid Polymers: Identification of Hydrogen Bond Donors and Acceptors in Miscible Polymer Blends Macromolecules, 1994, 27, 1648-1650. 
  56. Mirau, P.; White, J. L., Solid State NMR Studies of Intermolecular Interactions in Polymer Blends Magn. Reson. Chem., 1994, 32, S23.
  57. Mirau, P.; White, J.L.; Heffner, S. A., Intermolecular Interactions in Polymer Blends: 1D and 2D NMR Studies  Macromol. Chem. Symp. 1994, 86, 181.
  58. White, J. L.; Mirau, P., Probing Miscibility and Intermolecular Interactions in Solid Polymer Blends using the Nuclear Overhauser Effect Macromolecules, 1993, 26, 3049-3054.
  59. Beck, L. W.; White, J. L.; Haw, J. F. Double-Resonance Experiments in Solids: An Unexpected Observation in the 1H MAS Spectrum of Zeolite HZSM-5 J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1994, 116, 9657.
  60. White, J. L.; Beck, L. W.; Ferguson, D. B.; Haw, J. F., Background Suppression in Magic-Angle Spinning NMR J. Magn. Reson. 1992, 100, 336-341.
  61. White, J. L.; Beck, L. W.; Haw, J. F., Characterization of Hydrogen-Bonding in Zeolites by Proton Solid-State NMR J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1992, 114, 6182-6189. 
  62. Taylor, S. A.; White, J. L.; Elbaum, N. C.; Haw, J. F., Morphology, 31P Spin Diffusion, and Phase Transitions in a Representative Semicrystalline Polyphosphazene by Solid-State NMR Macromolecules 1992, 25, 3369.
  63. Beck, L. W.; White, J. L.; Haw, J. F., Reliable Method for Sealing Glass Ampules for MAS-NMR Experiments on Air-Sensitive Samples J. Mag. Res. 1992, 99, 182.
  64. Lazo, N. D.; Richardson, B. R.; Schettler, P. D.; White, J. L.; Munson, E. M.; Haw, J. F., In-Situ Variable-Temperature MAS 13C NMR Study of the Reactions of Isobutylene in Zeolites HY and HZSM-5 J. Phys.Chem. 1991, 95, 9420.
  65. Lazo, N. D.; White, J. L.; Munson, E. J.; Lambregts, M.; Haw, J. F., Dynamics and Reactivity of an Alkoxy Intermediate Formed from Acetylene on Zeolite Catalysts: An In-Situ Solid-State NMR Study J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1990, 112, 4050.
  66. White, J. L.; Lazo, N. D.; Richardson, B. R.; Haw, J. F., In-Situ Solid-State NMR Investigation of Cracking Reactions in Zeolite HY J. Cat. 1990, 125, 260-263.
  67. White, J. L.; Haw, J. F., The Nuclear Overhauser Effect in Solids J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1990, 112, 5896-5898.
  68. Richardson, B. R.; Lazo, N. D.; Schettler, P. D.; White, J. L.; Haw, J. F., Reactions of Butadiene in Zeolite Catalysts by In-Situ Variable-Temperature Solid-State NMR  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1990, 112, 2886.

Invited Book Chapters

  1. White, J. L. Amorphous Polymer Blends Encyclopedia of Polymer Blends, 2010, A. I. Isayev, Editor, Wiley-VCH (invited, and peer reviewed).
  2. NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers, A. E. Tonelli and J. L. White in Physical Properties of Polymers Handbook, 2nd Edition, James E. Mark, Ed., Springer Press, NY, 2007, p. 359.
  3. Configurational Entropy and Polymer Miscibility: New Insights from Solid-State NMR, J. L. White in Modern Magnetic Resonance, G. Webb, Editor, Springer Science Press, 2006.


  1. G. H. Mohr, B. R. Raich, T. Xu, and Jeffery L. White; Production of Light Olefins from Oxygenate using Framework Gallium-Containing Medium Pore Molecular Sieve, US Patent 7,393,990, 2008.
  2. J. Jones, K. Clem, T. Xu, Jeffery L. White, S. N. Vaughn; Method and Apparatus for Reducing Decomposition Byproducts in a Methanol-to-Olefin Reactor System, U. S. Patent 7,338,645, 2008. 
  3. K. Clem, T. Xu, Jeffery L. White, S. N. Vaughn; Method and Apparatus for Reducing Decomposition Byproducts in a Methanol-to-Olefin Reactor System, U. S. Patent 7,034,196, 2006. 
  4. (composition of matter) T. Xu and Jeffery L. White; Catalyst Pretreatment in an Oxygenate to Olefins Reaction System, U. S. Patent 6,743,747, 2004 (priority filing 2/24/2000)
  5. T. Xu and Jeffery L. White; Catalyst Pretreatment in an Oxygenate to Olefins Reaction System, U. S. Patent 6,734,330, 2004 (priority filing 7/13/2000).
  6. K. H. Kuechler, M. J. G. Jansenn, S. Vaughn, S. C. Fung, N. P. Coute, J. Lattner, M. Mertens, and Jeffery L. White; Making of Olefin Product from an Oxygenate, U.S. Patent 6,740,790, 2004. 
  7. K. Clem, T. Xu, Jeffery L. White, S. N. Vaughn; Method and Apparatus for Reducing Decomposition Byproducts in a Methanol-to-Olefin Reactor System, U. S. Patent 6,737,556, 2004.
  8. K. H. Kuechler, M. J. G. Jansenn, S. Vaughn, S. C. Fung, N. P. Coute, and Jeffery L. White; Making of Olefin Product from an Oxygenate, U.S. Patent 6,437,208, 2002
  9. G. Cao, L. R. Martens, Jeffery L. White; Zeolite Catalyst Activity Enhancements by Aluminum Phosphate and Phosphorus, U.S. Patent 6,080,303, 2000.