Mary Anne White is Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research (Emerita) at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a specialist in the research area of thermal properties of materials, from basic thermodynamics of the elements to applications in thermal energy storage, thermoelectrics, and thermochromics.

White is an author of more than 200 research papers and also a textbook, “Physical Properties of Materials,” now in its third edition. She was founding director of the Institute for Research in Materials at Dalhousie University, and also director of DREAMS, Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability, an NSERC CREATE program. Mary Anne also has been active throughout her career in bringing science to the general public through publications, presentations, tv and radio. She has served on several national and international science advisory boards.

For her contributions to public awareness of science, Mary Anne was awarded the 2007 McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada. Mary Anne’s other honours include honorary doctorates from McMaster University, the University of Western Ontario and University of Ottawa. She is also the recipient of the Noranda Award (for contributions to physical chemistry) and the Canadian Light Source T. K. Sham Award for Materials Chemistry of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, the Sunner Award of the Calorimetry Conference, and the Union Carbide Award for Chemical Education from the Chemical Institute of Canada. In 2012, she received an American Chemical Society Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemical Education. In 2013, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2016 she was installed as an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Title: Thermal Properties of Advanced Ceramics

One of the many attributes of ceramics is their ability to withstand high temperatures. Their range of compositions and microstructures also allows significant applications that make use of the exceptional thermal properties of ceramics. In this presentation, the fundamentals of thermal properties, including thermal expansion and thermal conductivity, will be reviewed, with an eye to future applications. A running theme throughout the presentation will be consideration of sustainable aspects, including elemental availability and embodied energy.