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 recent representative publications (see complete publications)










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


A. Alghunaim, B.-m. Zhang Newby*, “Cross-linked polystyrene sulfonic acid and polyethylene glycol as a low fouling material”, Colloid. Surf. B: Biointerfaces, 2016, 140, 514-522. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2016.01.026.




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.


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.


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.



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.