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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 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 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 conference

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.
  • 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
  • Torres-Matheus OA., García RE. and Bishop CM. (2021) Microstructural phase coexistence kinetics near the polymorphic phase boundary. Acta Materialia 206
  • 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.
  • Wasa A., Land J., Gorthy R., Krumdieck S., Bishop C., Godsoe W. and Heinemann J. (2021) Antimicrobial and biofilm-disrupting nanostructured TiO2 coating demonstrating photoactivity and dark activity. FEMS Microbiology Letters Accepted.