White Profile
Professor • Gallogly Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Office: JSCBB E1B38
Mailbox: 596 UCB


The Responsive and Programmable (R+PM) Group is generally interested in realizing functional utility in soft materials.  Our research is highly interdisciplinary, bridging materials chemistry, polymer science, mechanics, optics, and applied physics.  Current research activities are broadly focused on directing the self-assembly of liquid crystalline polymeric materials to realize shape transformation or optical reconfiguration. 


  • Outstanding Young Investigator, Materials Research Society, 2016
  • Early Career Award, SPIE, 2013
  • Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering, American Chemical Society, Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Division (PMSE), 2013
  • 2012 Early Career Award, U.S. Air Force

Selected Publications

  • Ware, T.H., McConney, M.E., Wie, J.J., Tondiglia, V.P., and White, T.J.*, "Voxelated Liquid Crystal Elastomers", Science, 2015, 347, 982-984.  (http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1261019)
  • Kosa, T.*, Sukhomlinova, L., Su, L., Taheri, B., White, T.J.*, and Bunning T.J., "Light-induced liquid crystallinity", Nature, 2012, 485, 347-349.  (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature11122)
  • White, T.J.*, Broer, D.J.*, "Programmable and Adaptive Mechanics with Liquid Crystal Polymer Networks and Elastomers", Nature Materials, 2015, 14 (11), 1087-1098.  (review) (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmat4433)    
  • Ware, T.H., Biggins, J.S., Shick, A.F., Warner, M., and White, T.J.*, "Localized soft elasticity in liquid crystal elastomers", Nature Communications, 2016, 7.  (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms10781)
  • Wie, J.J., Shankar, M.R., and White, T.J.*, “Photomotility of polymers”, Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 13260.  (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms13260)
  • Shankar, M.R.*, Smith, M.L., Tondiglia, V.P., Lee, K.M., McConney, M.E., Wang, D.H., Tan, L.-S., and White, T.J.*, “Contactless, Photoinitiated Snap-through in Azobenzene-functionalized Polymers”, Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, 2013, 110, 18792-18797.  (http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1313195110)
  • McConney, M.E., Martinez, A., Tondiglia, V.P., Lee, K.M., Langley, D., Smalyukh, I.I., and White, T.J.*, “Topography from Topology: Photoinduced Surface Features Generated in Liquid Crystal Polymer Networks”, Advanced Materials, 2013, 25, 5880–5885.  (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201301891) .
  • Lee, K.M., Bunning, T.J., and White, T.J.*, "Autonomous, Hands-Free Shape Memory in Glassy, Liquid Crystalline Polymer Networks", Adv. Mater., 2012, 24, 2839-2843.
  • White, T.J.*, Cazzell, S.A., Freer, A.S., Yang, D.-K., Sukhomlinova, L., Su, L., Kosa, T., Taheri, B., and Bunning, T.J.*, "Widely Tunable, Photoinvertible Cholesteric Liquid Crystals", Adv. Mater., 2011, 1389.
  • Lee, K.M., Wang, D.H., Koerner, H., Vaia, R.A., Tan, L-.S.*, and White, T.J.*, “Enhancement of Photogenerated Mechanical Force in Azobenzene-Functionalized Polyimides”, Ang. Chem., 2012, 51, 4117. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.201200726)