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, microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC)


Five most recent representative publications (see complete publications)


5. A. Alghunaim, S. Kirdponpattara, B.-m. Zhang Newby*, "Techniques for determining contact angle and wettability of powders,” Powder Techn., 2016, 287, 201-215. DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2015.10.002.



4. S. Taokaew, M. Phisalaphong, B.-m. Zhang Newby*, "Modification of bacterial cellulose with organosilanes to improve attachment and spreading of human fibroblasts,” Cellulose, 2015, 22(4), 2311-2324. DOI10.1007/s10570-015-0651-x.

3.   H. Chen, Q. Chen, R. Hu, H. Wang, B.-m. Zhang Newby, Y. Chang, J. Zheng*, “Mechanically strong hybrid double network hydrogel with antifouling properties”, J. Mat. Chem. B, 2015, 3, 5426-5435. DOI: 10.1039/c5tb00681c.

2. H. Song, L. Yin, W. M. Chilian, B.-m. Zhang Newby*, “Dewetting based fabrication of injectable cell/polymer fibrous micro-scaffolds”, Mat. Sci. Eng. C, 2015, 48: 663-672. DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2014.12.062.



1.   H. Wang, L.K. Ju, H. Castaneda-Lopez, G. Cheng, B.-m. Zhang Newby*, “Corrosion of carbon steel C1010 in the presence of iron oxidizing bacteria Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans”, Corrosion Science, 2014, 89: 250-257. DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2014.09.005.


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