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Associate ProfessorCatherine Bishop

Director of Postgraduate Studies (PhD/ME)
Civil Mechanical E514
Internal Phone: 92137
Microstructural evolution, phase transformations and processing in materials: oxides, ferroelectrics, alloys and films.

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Catherine Bishop is an Associate Professor and Postgraduate Director of Studies in Mechanical Engineering. She leads the Materials Cluster@UC, a 50+ member research network.

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 partners are at MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Purdue University. She collaborates with microbiologists, physicists, chemical engineers, chemists and mechanical engineers. Her research bridges thermodynamics, phase transformations, characterisation, structure-property relations and microstructural evolution 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 and been a discussion leader at prestigious GRC conferences.
Recent research is supported by MBIE, Methanex New Zealand and UC.

Recent Publications

  • Bishop CM., Mucalo SP., Kral MV. and Lewis DJ. (2020) Continuous Grain Size Gradients in Austenitic Incoloy 800H: Design, Processing, and Characterization. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science 51(4): 1719-1731.
  • Gorthy R., Krumdieck S. and Bishop C. (2020) Process-Induced Nanostructures on Anatase Single Crystals via Pulsed-Pressure MOCVD. Materials 13(7) 1668
  • Huang Y., Masters S., Krumdieck S. and Bishop C. (2020) The role of faceting in biaxially textured thin films: columnar morphology and abnormal tilting. Journal of Applied Physics.
  • Martin-Treceno S., Weaver N., Allanore A., Bishop C., Marshall A. and Watson M. (2020) Electrochemical Behaviour of Titanium-Bearing Slag Relevant for Molten Oxide Electrolysis. Electrochimica Acta 354
  • Young A., Kral M. and Bishop C. (2020) Time-Temperature-Precipitation Relations for Nitrides and Evaluation of Internal Oxidation Theory for Nitridation of Austenitic Stainless Steel. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science Accepted.