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Associate ProfessorCatherine Bishop

Director of Postgraduate Studies (PhD/ME)
Civil Mechanical E514
Internal Phone: 92137
Thermodynamics is the key to fundamental understanding of molten oxide electrolysis and interfacial phase transitions in multifunctional ceramics.

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Catherine Bishop is an Associate Professor and Postgraduate Director of Studies in Mechanical Engineering. She is an Associate Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and leads the Materials Cluster@UC.

She obtained a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and worked for Westinghouse, Ebara Solar and Johnson Matthey as part of her co-op degree. Dr Bishop earned a PhD in Materials Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where her research was part of a large NSF-EU jointly funded research programme (NANOAM). She moved back to the UK for an MIT postdoc on collaborative research (INCEMS) with the Department of Materials, University of Oxford and other EU partners. She held a three-year Career Development Fellowship at the University of Oxford before joining UC in 2008.

Dr Bishop is a materials scientist who collaborates internationally and across many areas of materials research. Key current international partners are at Purdue, MIT, RPI and Forschungszentrum Julich. Current transdisciplinary collaboration includes chemical engineers, physicists, chemists and microbiologists. Her research bridges structure-property-processing-performance interrelationships in alloys and ceramics.

She was an Academic Visitor at University of Oxford (2019) and a Visiting Professor at Carnegie Mellon University (2015). Dr Bishop was New Zealand partner member of HERALD EU-COST action (2015-2018), Chair of the first annual Materials@UC conference (2018) and has volunteered for MIT as an Educational Counsellor since 2015. She has convened symposia for ACerS at international conferences including MS&T 2020-2022 and been a discussion leader at prestigious Gordon Research Conferences.

Recent Publications

  • Martin-Treceno S., Allanore A., Bishop C., Marshall A. and Watson M. (2021) Implications of the direct use of slag from ironmaking processes as a molten oxide electrolyte. JOM http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11837-021-04681-3.
  • Martin-Treceno S., Hughes T., Weaver N., Marshall A., Watson M. and Bishop C. (2021) Electrochemical study on the reduction of Si and Ti from molten TiO2 − SiO2 − Al2O3 − MgO − CaO slag. Journal of The Electrochemical Society http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/1945-7111/ac0301.
  • Martin-Treceno S., Weaver N., Allanore A., Bishop CM., Marshall AT. and Watson MJ. (2021) Corrigendum to “Electrochemical behaviour of titanium-bearing slag relevant for molten oxide electrolysis” [Electrochimica Acta 354 (2020) 136619] (Electrochimica Acta (2020) 354, (S0013468620310124), (10.1016/j.electacta.2020.136619)). Electrochimica Acta 373 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2021.137939.
  • Torres-Matheus OA., García RE. and Bishop CM. (2021) Microstructural phase coexistence kinetics near the polymorphic phase boundary. Acta Materialia 206 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2020.116579.
  • Vikrant KSN., Phuah XL., Lund J., Wang H., Hellberg CS., Bernstein N., Rheinheimer W., Bishop CM., Wang H. and García RE. (2021) Modeling of flash sintering of ionic ceramics. MRS Bulletin 46(1): 67-75. http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/s43577-020-00012-0.