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Douglas C. Hansen

Group Leader, Coatings, Corrosion and Erosion - Senior Research Scientist

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


Email: Douglas Hansen
Phone: 937-229-4380
Website: Visit Site
Curran Place RM M5545


Dr. Hansen leads UDRI's Coatings, Corrosion and Erosion group and has over 25 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. He also has more than seven years industrial experience in electrochemical instrumentation design and development. His areas of expertise include analytical techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), electrokinetic (zeta) potential measurements, Scanning Vibrating Probe (SVP) and Scanning Kelvin Probe (SKP) techniques, Localized Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (LEIS), Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS), and electrochemical measurement (AC/DC) and polarographic techniques.

Doug is the author of over 35 publications and has given more than 30 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.

Doug serves as Professor (Joint Appointment) of Graduate Chemical and Materials Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of Dayton. Doug is a reviewer for the Corrosion Journal, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Langmuir, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions and the National Science Foundation. His professional society involvement includes the American Chemical Society, NACE International (Past Chair, Biomedical Implant Device Corrosion Technical Exchange Group 331X) ASTM (Member, G01 Corrosion of Metals and F04 Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices) and The Electrochemical Society (Past Chair, Corrosion Division).


  • 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

Honors and Awards

  • American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM): Member, G01 Corrosion of Metals; Member, F04 Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices
  • NACE International: Chair, Biomedical Implant Device Corrosion Technical Exchange Group 331X, 2003-2008
  • The Electrochemical Society: Chair of the Corrosion Division, 2010-2012
  • Gordon Research Conference: Discussion Leader, Aqueous Corrosion, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, New Hampshire, July 2002, July 2016

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • Petry, L., D.C. Hansen, T.N. Wittberg, C.D. Barklay, D.P. Kramer, Y.Yoon, H.C. Knachel, J.C. Birbeck, B.G. Russell, and W.E. Moddeman. 2012. Electrochemical evaluation of the compatibility of fresh and aged Novatec 71IPA with beryllium, stainless uranium, 304L stainless steel and 2024-T3 aluminum. Electrochim. Acta 83: 490-500.
  • Hansen, D.C. 2011. Biological interactions at metal surfaces. Journal of Materials 63, no. 6: 1-6.
  • Petry, L., E. Shin, D.C. Hansen, R.G. Keil, and P.T. Murray. 2011. Preparation and characterization of nanometer scale platinum electrodes. Electrochim. Acta 56: 6779-6788.
  • Yoon, Y., A.S. Mount, K.M. Hansen, and D.C. Hansen. 2011. Electrochemical characterization of a bioceramic material: The shell of the Eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica. J. Bioelectrochemistry 81, no. 2: 91-98.
  • Yoon, Y. and D.C. Hansen. 2010. Sand induced corrosion on the surface insulation resistance of printed circuit boards. Materials Performance (February).
  • Yoon, Y., A.S. Mount, K.M. Hansen, and D.C. Hansen. 2009. Electrolyte conductivity through the shell of the Eastern oyster using a four-electrode measurement. J. Electrochem. Soc. 156, no. 12: 169-176.
  • Hansen, D.C. 2008. Metal corrosion in the human body: The ultimate bio-corrosion scenario interface. The Electrochemical Society, Summer, in Pennington, New Jersey.
  • Grebner, Todd,  Douglas C. Hansen, and Mark 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.