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Irene Goldthorpe

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research interests: nanomaterials synthesis, characterization; device integration


Professor Irene Goldthorpe’s expertise is in inorganic electronic and optoelectronic materials (mainly semiconductors and metals), with a focus on nanostructured materials such as nanowires and thin-films.  The research in her group involves the synthesis of materials, device fabrication, and the characterization of materials and nanodevices. 

Goldthorpe received a BASc from the University of Toronto in Engineering Science (nano-engineering option).  She then completed her MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University where she held a Stanford Graduate Fellowship, a Julie Payette NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, and the Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship.  She was then a postdoctoral researcher at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY where she developed nanomaterials for solid-state-lighting (LEDs and phosphors).  Goldthorpe joined the University of Waterloo in 2011.


  • PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
  • MS, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University
  • BASc, Engineering Science (Nanoengineering option), University of Toronto

Irene Goldthorpe

    University of Waterloo