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(Donald) Paul Bishop

Ph.D., M.A.Sc., B.Eng., P.Eng.
P: (902) 494-1520




Main Area of Research:

Dr. Bishop’s research pertains to the conversion of metallic powders into engineered components for a range of industrial sectors. Core domains include powder metallurgy (PM) processing of materials and additive manufacturing (AM). In the PM sector, Dr. Bishop’s activities stress the development of press-and-sinter aluminum alloys and Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs), robust industrial processing practices, thermal-mechanical working (forging, extrusion) of aluminum PM alloys, friction stir processing/welding, advanced mechanical/physical characterization of PM alloys, and titanium PM. In the AM domain, he is a principal investigator in the NSERC research network “Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM )” serving as the leader of “Theme 1: Material Development Tailored with Optimum Process Parameters”. Here, his research emphasizes the development of novel and innovative metallic materials for AM. These include light metal systems (aluminum and titanium alloys, as well as MMCs) suitable for processing in laser-based metal powder bed fusion (L-MPBF) and directed energy deposition (L-DED) technologies, as well as the development of tool steel systems for binder jet printing. He has supervised and co-supervised >100 individuals engaged in these research activities including students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, research engineers, post-docs, and technicians. In support of these endeavors he has secured over $14M in direct research support for his activities to date. His collaborations have involved researchers from different engineering disciplines (Materials, Mechanical, Biomedical), Universities (Dalhousie, Laval, Ecole Polytechnique, Waterloo, McGill, Queens, Manitoba), and industrial partners. Principal funding sources include the CFI, NSERC (Discovery Grants, Strategic Network and Project Grants, Collaborative Research and Development Grants, Research Tools and Instrument Grants), Auto21, Automotive Partnership Canada, MatNet, and industrial partners such as GKN Sinter Metals, Boeing Research and Technology, Ecka Granules, Tronos Jet, CanmetMaterials, Wescast Industries, and Defense Research and Development Canada. He is the principal author of numerous refereed journal articles and conference proceedings as well as an array of industrial research reports and patents.  

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