Alice White

Alice White

Affiliate Faculty (Professor)
Office: ENG 617-353-4846


Research Interests:

Nanofabrication, Optical Materials, Optoelectronic Integration and Packaging, Thermal Management, and 3D Printing


PhD, Harvard University


Professor White came to BU in September 2013 from Bell Labs, where she was Chief Scientist. Her research career spanned many areas, but common themes have been fabrication and materials. After a PhD thesis and a postdoc looking at the physics of electronic transport in 1D metal wires at low temperatures, she moved into using high-dose ion implantation to synthesize materials, including implanting Co ions to make high-quality crystalline layers of CoSi2 inside a silicon wafer. Switching fields once again, she worked on novel fiber devices, fabricating phase masks by reactive ion etching of glass to make fiber-Bragg-grating devices manufacturable. This led to a work in so-called “silicon optical bench” technology, which uses semiconductor processing techniques to create optical subassemblies for lasers and detectors as well as optical waveguide interconnects. More recently, she worked on extending this technology to integrate both photonics and electronics in silicon using a commercial CMOS fabrication facility.