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


Selected References

  • M. A. Pope, I. A. Aksay, Beyond the Quantum Capacitance Limit of Graphene-Based Supercapacitors (submitted)
  • C. Punckt, M. A. Pope, I. A. Aksay, High Selectivity of Porous Graphene Electrodes Solely due to Transport and Pore Depletion Effects. Journal of Physical Chemistry C accepted (2014)
  • M. Liu, C. Punckt, M. A. Pope, A. Gelperin, I. A. Aksay, Electrochemical Sensing of Nitric Oxide with Functionalized Graphene Electrodes. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 5 (2013) 12624
  • C. Punckt, M. A. Pope, I. A. Aksay, On the Electrochemical Response of Porous Functionalized Graphene Electrode. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117 (2013) 16076
  • M. A. Pope, S. Korkut, C. Punckt, I. A. Aksay, Supercapacitor Electrodes by Evaporative Consolidation of Graphene Oxide-Water-Ionic Liquid Gels. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 160 (2013) A1653
  • M. A. Pope, C. Punckt, I. A. Aksay, The Intrinsic Capacitance and Redox Activity of Functionalized Graphene Sheet. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 115 (2011) 20326
  • C. Punckt, M. A. Pope, J. Liu, Y. Lin, I. A. Aksay, Electrochemical Performance of Graphene as Effected by Electrode Porosity and Graphene Functionalization. Electroanalysis 22 (2010) 2834
  • D. H. Wang, R. Kou, D. W. Choi, Z. G. Yang, Z. M. Nie, J. Li, L. V. Saraf, D. H. Hu, J. G. Zhang, G. L. Graff, J. Liu, M. A. Pope, I. A. Aksay, Ternary Self-Assembly of Ordered Metal Oxide-Graphene Nanocomposites for Electrochemical Energy Storage. ACS Nano 4 (2010) 1587
  • L.K. Kostanski, M. A. Pope, A. N. Hrymak, M. Gallant, W. L. Whittington, L. Vesselov, Development of tunable light scatting coating materials for fiber optic diffusers in photodynamic cancer therapy. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 112 (2009) 1516

Please see Michael Pope's Google Scholar profile for a current list of his peer-reviewed articles.


  • M. A. Pope, V. Rizzo, D. Dabbs, J. Lettow, I. A. Aksay, Batteries incorporating graphene membranes for extending the cycle-life of lithium-ion batteries. U.S. Patent Application 2/012,090
  • M. A. Pope, I. A. Aksay, S. Korkut, C. Punckt, Graphene-Ionic Liquid Composites , U.S. Patent Application 61/600,131
  • M. A. Pope, J. D. Roy-Mayhew, I. A. Aksay, Nano-Graphene and Nano-Graphene Oxide, U.S. Patent Application 14/017,869