Graduate Achievement Award

Michael E. Bishop, Geology, "Bioreduction of Fe-Bearing Clay Minerals and their Reactivity Toward Pertechnetate (Tc-99)"

Michael E. Bishop

Michael E. Bishop, a doctoral student in the Department of Geology, has been awarded a Graduate Achievement Award in the amount of $200 for the publication of his peer-reviewed paper "Bioreduction of Fe-Bearing Clay Minerals and their Reactivity Toward Pertechnetate (Tc-99)" in the journal of The Geochemical Society and The Meteoritical Society, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (GCA).  This work provides research on the reaction between certain clay minerals and the highly hazardous fission product of uranium, 99Tc.  The results contribute to the overall scientific goal of designing innovative methods for permanent disposal of heavy metals and radioactive contaminants. 

Bishop has extensive research in this area, having published two first-author papers and four co-authored papers.  His advisor is Dr. Hailiang Dong.  Bishop's future plans are to continue working with environmental clean-up of heavy metals through remediation processes and eventually achieve a position as a geo-microbiology professor.