Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Waterloo
Talk Title: 2D Nanomaterials as Building Blocks for Improved Large-Format and Flexible Energy Storage
Michael Pope is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Waterloo’s Institute for Nanotechnology who began his research program at the University of Waterloo in 2014. After completing his degree in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering from McMaster University (2007), he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering from Princeton University (2013) where he studied the production and processing of graphene-based materials into advanced batteries and supercapacitors. During his post-doctoral work at Vorbeck Materials Corp., a US-based, large-scale graphene producer, he was the technical lead on an ARPA-E developmental program to commercialize graphene-based Li-S batteries, he built and operated a pilot-scale fiber spinning line for producing high strength graphene-filled polyesters and contributed to Vorbeck’s graphene ink development. His group at Waterloo now focuses on developing processing strategies and nanocomposites from a variety of 2D materials and polymers for applications including energy storage, electrocatalysis, electronics, and membrane separations. Concepts in interfacial engineering are used to design films and composites with improved properties and by methods amenable to scalable production and manufacturing. His work so far has resulted in 8 patents, more than 25 papers, many in high impact values such as ACS Nano and Advanced Energy Materials, and which have been cited more than 1200 times. In his short time at Waterloo, he has directly supervised three postdoctoral fellows, five PhD and seven MASc students and has been able to secure over one million dollars in funding to support his burgeoning group from national, provincial and international sources.