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Michael Pope

Professor, Chemical Engineering

Research interests: directed assembly of graphene-based nanocomposites; supercapacitors; next generation batteries; electrochemical sensors, electrocatalysts; thin films and membranes


Professor Michael Pope joined the University of Waterloo in 2014 from Vorbeck Materials Corporation where he worked on the development of graphene-based products for improved Li-S batteries, high strength polymer fibers, and conductive inks. During his PhD work at Princeton University he became an expert on the production and processing of functionalized graphene generated via the graphite oxide route. He has developed an electrochemical system based on large-area graphene monolayers to investigate charging mechanisms in supercapacitors and batteries, apparent electrocatalytic effects in porous electrode systems and has developed several solution-based approaches to build improved graphene-based nanocomposites from a bottom-up perspective.


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering, Princeton University, 2013

  • MA, Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 2010

  • BEng & Biosci, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, McMaster University, 2008

Michael Pope

University of Waterloo