Sean Bishop’s work examines the electrical, chemical, and mechanical coupling in solid oxide fuel cell materials. Currently, he is a research associate at MIT and a visiting associate professor at Kyushu University in Japan.
Bishop’s interest in solid oxide fuel cell research began while under the guidance of Professor Erich Wachsman at the University of Florida, where he wrote his dissertation on defect induced lattice dilation, known as chemical expansion, in low to intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell materials.
After continuing his studies with Professor Harry Tuller at MIT, Bishop became an assistant professor at Kyushu University. Bishop is currently pioneering an in situ optical absorption measurement technique to examine fuel cell electrode kinetics on “natural” and chemical modified surfaces of thin films. He has also co-organized symposia at ECS conferences and is currently serving as secretary for the High Temperature Materials Division of ECS.