Adjunct Associate Professor

Contact InformationIrene Goldthorpe


Biography Summary

Irene Goldthorpe is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and is also a member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Waterloo.

Goldthorpe’s expertise is in electronic materials (mainly semiconductors and metals), with a focus on nanostructured materials such as nanowires, 2D flakes and thin-films. The research in Professor Goldthorpe’s group involves the synthesis of materials, assembly of nanomaterials into functional films, device fabrication, and the characterization of materials and devices.

One current research thrust is in the area of electronic textiles. Her goal is to integrate metal and semiconductor materials with threads and fabrics to make textiles conductive as well as give them functionality such as the ability to generate energy and monitor health. In a different research area, she is developing a transparent nanowire film coating that can make plastic and glass electrically conductive. The latter is useful in the development of devices such as next generation solar cells as the electrodes made from nanowires are cheaper and more mechanically flexible than currently available materials. Professor Goldthorpe also develops novel materials for a range of other devices such as LEDs, smart windows, sensors and liquid crystal displays.

Research Interests

  • Electronic materials
  • Nano-materials
  • Printed electronics
  • Wearable technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Internet of Things


  • 2009, Doctorate, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
  • 2007, Master of Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
  • 2004, Bachelor of Applied Science, Engineering Science, University of Toronto


  • ECE 630 - Physics & Models Semicon Devs
    • Taught in 2018, 2019
  • NE 242 - Semiconductor Physics & Device
    • Taught in 2019
  • NE 340L - Microfab & Thin-film Tech Lab
    • Taught in 2019
  • NE 454B - Nano-electronics Laboratory 1
    • Taught in 2019
  • NE 459 - Nano Eng Research Project
    • Taught in 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • A. Madeira, D.T. Papanastasiou, T. Toupance, L. Servant, M. Treguer-Delapierre, D. Bellet, I.A. Goldthorpe, Rapid synthesis of ultra-long silver nanowires for high performance transparent electrodes, Nanoscale Advances, 2, 2020, 3804 - 3808
  • N. Maheshwari, M. Abd-Ellah, I.A. Goldthorpe, Transfer printing of silver nanowire conductive ink for e-textile applications, Flexible and Printed Electronics, 4, 2019, 025005 - 7pp
  • G. Deignan, I.A. Goldthorpe, The dependence of silver nanowire stability on network composition and processing parameters, RSC advances, 7, 2017, 35590 - 35597
  • Y. Atwa, N. Maheshwari, I.A. Goldthorpe, Silver nanowire coated threads for electrically conductive textiles, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 3, 2015, 3908 - 3912
  • H.H. Khaligh, K. Liew, Y. Han, N.M. Abukhdeir, I.A. Goldthorpe, Silver nanowire transparent electrodes for liquid crystal-based smart windows, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 132, 2015, 337 - 341

Graduate Studies