Paine College Professor Receives Grant to Engineer Antifouling Films

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/22/2015 06:31 AM

Paine College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Xiaoning Zhang has received a grant to provide undergraduate students with research opportunities and advance skills in chemistry. The grant will help provide support to the College’s STEM research program and involve undergraduate students in research experiences.  

The two-year, nearly $194,000 grant comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Research Initiation Awards (RIA)’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). HBCU-UP provides support for STEM faculty at HBCUs in order to increase the minority populations in STEM fields.

The project is entitled “Surface modification of thiol-terminated silicon to build reusable antifouling layer”.  According to the award abstract, this study will investigate an approach that will allow thiol-terminated surfaces to be used and re-used by attaching molecules with antifouling functional groups via a disulfide bond. 

The results of this project may be transferable to the shipping and biomedical industries, and become a solution to reduce the costs associated with fouling, the accumulation of unwanted material on solid surfaces that impedes or interferes its function. This project will be conducted in collaboration with scholars in Marshall University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Dr. Xiaoning Zhang is currently an assistant professor of Chemistry at the Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology of Paine College, Augusta, GA. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY). After graduation, he served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Marshall University (Huntington, WV) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC).