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)


5.   S. Taokaew, M. Phisalaphong, B.-m. Zhang Newby*, "Modification of bacterial cellulose with organosilanes to improve attachment and spreading of human fibroblasts,” Cellulose, 2015, in press. (Impact factor, IF = 3.033).

4. 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, in press. (IF = pending).

3.   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. (Impact factor, IF = 3.076).

2. Y.j. Chen, Q. Tang, J. Senko, G. Cheng, B.-m. Zhang Newby, H. Castaneda, and L.K. Ju, “Long-term survival of Defulfovibrio vulgaris on carbon steel and associated pitting corrosion,” Corrosion Science 2015, 90: 89-100 (IF = 4.329).

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 (IF = 4.329).

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