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Douglas C. Hansen

Distinguished Research Scientist – Coatings, Corrosion and Erosion Group

School of Engineering: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering; University of Dayton Research Institute: Nonstructural Materials


Email: Douglas Hansen
Phone: 937-229-4380
Curran Place RM M5545
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Dr. Hansen is a Distinguished Research Scientist in UDRI's Coatings, Corrosion and Erosion Group and has over 30 years experience in the field of corrosion electrochemistry, primarily in the development of environmentally friendly coatings and corrosion inhibitors, in both academic and national laboratory environments.

Dr. Hansen is the author of over 55 publications, 3 patents, and has given more than 75 presentations and invited lectures on topics including naturally-occurring polymers and compounds as corrosion inhibitors and coatings, scanning probe measurements of coatings and biomolecules, electrochemical surface characterization and imaging techniques, and characterization of genomic molecules (DNA) using electrochemical techniques.


  • Corrosion electrochemistry
  • Biological polymers as corrosion inhibitors
  • Biopolymer protein chemistry
  • Biomolecular interactions at metal interfaces
  • Biological electrochemistry
  • Electrochemical engineering
  • Electrochemical scanning probe techniques


  • Ph.D., Marine Biochemistry, University of Delaware, 1993
  • M.S., Marine Biochemistry, University of Delaware, 1989
  • B.S., Marine Biology, Richard Stockton College, 1982


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP, Formerly NACE International)
  • The Electrochemical Society

Honors and Awards

  • Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) Recognition of Service Award 2022
  • Fellow, The Electrochemical Society, October 2021
  • Fellow, NACE International, March 2019
  • Recipient, Outstanding Engineer and Scientist Award, Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton, April 2016
  • Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conference, Aqueous Corrosion 2018
  • Discussion Leader, Gordon Research Conference, Aqueous Corrosion 2002, 2016, 2022

Selected Publications

  • Borth, D., E. Iezzi, D. Dudis and D. C. Hansen (2019) “Non-destructive Evaluation of Urethane-Ester Coating Systems Using the Scanning Kelvin Probe Technique.” Corrosion 75 (5) 457- 464. 
  • Hansen, D.C., K.R. Zimlich and B.N. Bennett (2019) “Inhibition of Flash Rusting of HY80 by a Mussel Adhesive Protein: Characterizing the Interaction of MeFP-5 with a High Strength Low Alloy Steel.” Electrochimica Acta 301:411-420.
  • Yoon, Y., J.D. Angel and D.C. Hansen (2016) “Atmospheric Corrosion of Silver in Outdoor Environments and Modified Accelerated Corrosion Chambers.” Corrosion 72(11):1424-1432.
  • Petry, L. and D.C. Hansen (2016) “A Comparative Study of Two Coating Systems Exposed for Two Years in the Field and in Accelerated Atmospheric Corrosion Chamber Environments.” Corrosion 72(11):1385-1395. 
  • Nelson, W.F. and D.C. Hansen (2016) “Investigations of Mussel Adhesive Proteins as Flash Rust Inhibitors.” J. Electrochem. Soc. 163(9):C553-C562.
  • Johnstone, M.B., N.V. Gohad, E.P. Falwell, D. C. Hansen, K.M. Hansen and A.S. Mount (2015) “Cellular Orchestrated Biomineralization of Nanocrystalline Composites on Implant Surfaces by the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin, 1791).” J. Exp. Mar Biol. & Ecology 463:8-16. 
  • Hansen, D.C. (2011) “Biological Interactions at Metal Surfaces. “Journal of Materials 63:6 pp 22-27.
  • Grebner, T., D.C. Hansen, and M.Trzeciak. 2008. The effect of galvanic coupling between modern fracture fixation constructs in physiologically relevant solutions: The role of serum proteins on the corrosion of Ti6Al4V and 316L alloys. J. Amer. Osteo. Acad. Orthopedics 45, no. 2: 22-27.