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Faculty

Associate Professor Claire White

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Princeton University
E-Quad, E326
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA

whitece@princeton.edu

Phone: +1 609 258 6263
Fax: +1 609 258 2799

Link to: Curriculum Vitae

Link to: Publication List

Postdocs


Dr. Bastien Wild, Andlinger Distinguished Postdoc Fellow

Research Commons, Garden Level at the Andlinger Center
bwild@princeton.edu

Bastien investigates dissolution and precipitation processes at the fluid-silicate interface. His current project combines advanced microscopy and beamline techniques with computational approaches to unravel the mechanisms of amorphous silica-rich layers formation and their effect on the kinetics of fluid-mineral interactions. In particular, his research tracks these fundamental processes during the dissolution of green cement precursors and rock-forming minerals to catalyze the development of low-carbon footprint construction materials and enhance the understanding of natural geochemical cycles.

Before joining Princeton University as a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Bastien received a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Strasbourg, France in 2017. He has completed an interdisciplinary training at École Normale Supérieure de Paris to obtain B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemistry from Sorbonne Université and an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Université Paris Diderot.

Graduate Students


Karina Alventosa (G2)

Research Commons, Garden Level at the Andlinger Center
kmla@princeton.edu


Maria Curria (G1)

Research Commons, Garden Level at the Andlinger Center
mcurria@princeton.edu

Maria received her graduate (Masters) degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires (ITBA) in 2015 and has worked for the Concrete Technology Department of the Argentinean Portland Cement Institute (ICPA). Her research interests include carbon capture and transformation, low impact materials and sustainable development.


Kai Gong (G5)

Research Commons, Garden Level at the Andlinger Center
kaig@princeton.edu

Kai joined the group in Fall 2014 as a Ph.D. student, where his thesis is investigating the sulfate resistance performance of AAMs. By using advanced characterization (e.g., pair distribution function (PDF) analysis) and simulation techniques (e.g., density functional theory (DFT) calculation), Kai’s research aims to elucidate the atomic scale degradation mechanisms in AAMs under different forms of sulfate attack. This information is crucial for the development of reliable sulfate resistance testing methods, and the outcomes will be used to optimize the design of AAMs for different sulfate exposure environments. Kai is also investigating the atomic structure of blast furnace slags by combining PDF analysis with molecular dynamic (MD) simulations and DFT calculations.

Prior to joining the group, Kai completed a Master’s degree at Monash University in Australia, where he investigated the rheological and mechanical properties of graphene oxide reinforced cementitious nanocomposites. Kai earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering under a joint 2+2 program between Monash University and Central South University in China in 2011.

Eric McCaslin (G4)

Research Commons, Garden Level at the Andlinger Center
mccaslin@princeton.edu


Christine Pu (G1)

Research Commons, Garden Level at the Andlinger Center
cpu@princeton.edu

Christine holds a bachelor’s degree of Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. Her research interests include understanding the durability of alkali-activated materials. Previously, Christine completed internships at PCL Construction, Kimley-Horn and Associates, and Alachua County Public Works.


Kengran (Blake) Yang (G5)

Research Commons, Garden Level at the Andlinger Center
kengrany@princeton.edu

Blake holds a bachelor degree of civil engineering from the University of Hong Kong. His current focus in Prof White’s group includes mesoscale modeling of the pore structure and morphology of the AAMs, as well as investigation of the impact of nanoparticles on drying behavior of AAMs with the aid of advanced beamline techniques.

Senior Thesis Students

Solmaz Jumakuliyeva (CEE)
Kimiko Marinacci
(CEE)
Christina Sue
(CBE)
Mileny Torres
(CBE)

Former Postdocs

Antoine Morandeau (2013-2015)
Ongun Ozcelik (2015-2018)
Nishant Garg (2016-2018)

Former Students

Jarred Mihalik (Senior Thesis 2014)
Clarissa Wilbur (Senior Thesis 2014)
Catherine Eiben (Masters student, graduated 2015)
Chris Gordon (Senior Thesis 2015)
Sean Coffers (Senior Thesis 2015)
Anna Blyth (summer undergraduate student 2015, Independent Research)
Pelin Asa (Senior Thesis 2016)
Luke Buschman 
(Senior Thesis 2016)
Theo Dimitrasopoulos (Senior Thesis 2017)
Tehila Stone (Senior Thesis 2017)
Bridget Zakrzewski (Independent Research, Senior Thesis 2017)
Sarah Wang (summer undergraduate student 2017, Senior Thesis 2018)
Lindsey Conlan (summer undergraduate student 2017, Senior Thesis 2018)

Former Visitors

Thomas Berti (summer Masters student 2014)
Kristina Bennett (REU Program 2014)
Angela Mao (summer high school student 2014)
Kevin Shen (summer high school student 2014)
Will Christian (REU Program 2015)
Daniel Shen (summer undergraduate student 2015)
Haley Mander (summer high school student 2015)
Jocelyn Tolpin (summer high school student 2015)
Maria Elia Natali (visiting PhD student 2015)
Jasmine Camacho (REU Program 2016)
Theo Dimitrasopoulos (summer undergraduate student 2016)
Rachel Marek
(summer undergraduate student 2016)
Maya Ravichandran
 (high school student, summer/fall 2016)
Arne Peys (visiting PhD student 2017)
Juan Gomez (REU Program 2017)
John Torres (REU Program 2018)