Research Lab for Surface Modification and Materials

Bi-min Zhang Newby, PhD


Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The University of Akron

101A Whitby Hall

Akron, Ohio 44325-3906

Phone: 330-972-2510

Fax: 330-972-5856



Research Interests:


1) Surface modification/patterning

2) Polymeric materials (especially biomaterials)

3) Antifouling biofilm and biocorrosion


Five recent representative publications (see complete publications)


5. S. Taokaew, M. Phisalaphong, B.-m. Zhang Newby*, "In vitro behaviors of rat mesenchymal stem cells on bacterial celluloses with different moduli", Mat. Sci. Eng. C, 2014, 38: 263-71 (Impact factor, IF = 2.404).

4.       H. Wang, M. S. Sodagari, L.-K. Ju, B.-m. Zhang Newby*, “Effects of shear on initial bacterial attachment in slow flowing systems”, Colloid. Surf. B: Biointerfaces, 2013, 109: 32-39. (Impact Factor or IF = 3.554).

3.       S. Kirdponpattara, M. Phisalaphong, B.-m. Zhang Newby*, “Applicability of Washburn capillary rise for determining water contact angle for powders and porous materials”, J. Colloids and Interfacial Science, 2013, 397: 169-76. (IF = 3.172)

2.       M. S. Sodagari, H. Wang, B.-m. Zhang Newby, L.-K. Ju*, “Effects of rhamnolipids on initial attachment of bacteria on glass and octadecyltrichlorosilane-modified glass”, Colloid. Surf. B: Biointerfaces, 2013, 103: 121-8. (IF = 3.554)

1.       N. Patel, J. Cavicchia, G. Zhang, B.-m. Zhang Newby*, “Rapid Cell Sheet Detachment using Spin-Coated pNIPAAm Films Retained on Surfaces by an Aminopropyltriethoxysilane Network”, Acta Biomateriala, 8(7), 2559-2567, 2012. (IF = 5.093).

Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering, 1999) Lehigh University 
M.S. (Chemical Engineering, 1995) Lehigh University 
B.S. (Chemical Engineering, 1993) Drexel University