Diana Berman | BioDiscovery Institute

Diana Berman

Assistant Professor - Materials Science & Engineering

Dr. Diana Berman received her Ph.D. degree in Physics from North Carolina State University in 2012. After graduating, she worked as a PostDoctoral Researcher in Argonne National Laboratory, at the Center for Nanoscale Materials. In 2016, she joined the University of North Texas as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on understanding fundamental aspects of friction, wear, and lubrication of materials with a larger vision of how this knowledge can be applied in practice. She has published more than 55 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 2 book chapters. She also holds 10 patents (both US and International). Among her awards are TechConnect Innovation Awards (2016 and 2017), Ralph E Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2017), Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Early Career Award (2018), UNT Early Career Professorship Award (2020), and NSF Early Career Award (2021).


  • Friction
  • Wear
  • Lubrication
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Sensing devices


  • National Science Foundation, CMMI, "CAREER: Manufacturing of Mechanically Stable Nanoporous Ceramic Structures Via Selective Infiltration of Polymer Templates", Amount: $500,000, 03/2021-02/2026, sole PI.
  • Army Research Laboratory Amount: $ 1,250,000, 07/20-07/22, PI (Grant Portion: $500,000).
  • National Science Foundation, CMMI, "Mechanically Driven Growth of Hydrocarbons at Sliding Interfaces to Control Degradation and Wear", Amount: $289,847, 07/2020-06/2023, sole PI.
  • COS-COE (UNT), "Metal Oxynitrides as Biocompatible Coatings for Medical Device Applications", Amount: $10,000, 07/2021-06/2022, Co-PI (Grant Portion: $2,500)
  • Army Research Laboratory, "Advanced Manufacturing, Processing and Characterization of Light Weight and Adaptive Materials", Amount: $187,500, 10/2018-01/2022, Co-PI (Grant Portion: $61,875).


  1. A. Shirani, Y. Li, O.L. Eryilmaz, D. Berman*: "Tribocatalytically-activated carbon-based tribofilm formation for wear reduction in alkane environment", Nat Sci Rep (2021), https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-888057/v1
  2. D. Pleshek, J. Tran, Y. Li, A. Shirani, E. Shevchenko, D. Berman*: "Swelling-assisted sequential infiltration synthesis of nanoporous ZnO films with highly accessible pores and their sensing potential for ethanol", ACS Appl Mater Interf 13, 35941 (2021), https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c08225 .
  3. K. Gao, B. Wang, A. Shirani, Q. Chang, D. Berman*: "Macroscale superlubricity accomplished by Sb2O3-MSH/C under high temperature", Frontiers in Chemistry 9, 226 (2021), https://doi.org/10.3389/fchem.2021.667878 .
  4. D. Berman*, Y. Sha, E. Shevchenko: "Effect of Polymer Removal on the Morphology and Phase of the Nanoparticles in All-Inorganic Heterostructures Synthesized via Two-Step Polymer Infiltration", Molecules 26, 679 (2021), https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26030679 .
  5. A. Shirani, J. Lee, D. Berman*: "Thermal stability and gas absorption characteristics of ionic liquid-based solid polymer electrolytes", J Chem Phys 154, 054902 (2021), https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0037978 .
  6. K. Jacques, N. Murthy, S. Dixit, D. Berman*, S. Berkebile: Method for Tribological Experiment to Study Scuffing Initiation on AISI 52100 Steel and Hard Ceramic Coatings", Tribol Intern 160, 107001 (2021), https://doi.org/ 10.1016/j.triboint.2021.107001 .
  7. B. Wang, K. Gao, Q. Chang, D. Berman, Y. Tian: "Magnesium Silicate Hydroxide-MoS2-Sb2O3 Coating Nanomaterials for High-Temperature Superlubricity", ACS Appl Nano Mater 4, 7097 (2021), https://doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c01104 .
  8. T. Chowdhury, N. D'Souza, D. Berman: "Electrospun Fe3O4-PVDF Nanofiber Composite Mats for Cryogenic Magnetic Sensor Applications", Textiles 1, 227-238 (2021), https://doi.org/10.3390/textiles1020011 .
  9. S. Bakkar, M. Wall, N. Ku, D. Berman, S. Aouadi, R. Brennan, M. Young: "Al/Al2O3 metal matrix composites produced using magnetic field-assisted freeze-casting of porous ceramic structures", J Mater Res 36, 2094 (2021), https://doi.org/10.1557/s43578-021-00159-9 .
  10. V. Safonov, D. Bas, D. Berman, Y. Rostovtsev, J. Roberts, M. McConney, M. Page: "Adaptation of Fluctuating Magnetoacoustic System to External Signals", IEEE Access 9 (2021), https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3085301 .
  11. J. Lee, V. Hasannaeimi, T. W. Scharf, D. Berman*: "Mechanical and chemical robustness of the aluminum oxide-infiltrated block copolymer films and the resulting aluminum oxide coatings", Surf Coat Technol 399, 126204 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2020.126204 .
  12. D. Berman*, E. Shevchenko: "Design of functional composite and all-inorganic nanostructured materials via infiltration of polymer templates with inorganic precursors", invited review article Journal of Mater Chem C 8, 10604 - 10627 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1039/D0TC00483A .
  13. A. Shirani, T. Joy, A. Rogov, M. Lin, A. Yerokhin, J.-E. Mogonye, A. Korenyi-Both, S. Aouadi, A. Voevodin, D. Berman*: "PEO-Chameleon as a potential protective coating on cast aluminum alloys for high-temperature applications", Surf Coat Technol 397, 126016 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2020.126016 .
  14. M. Safonov, J. You, J. Lee, V. Safonov, D. Berman*, D. Zhu: "Hydrogen generating patch improves skin cell viability, migration activity, and collagen expression", Engineered Regen 1, 1-5 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engreg.2020.05.001 .
  15. J. Gu, B. Wei, A.F. Berendt, A. Ghoshal, M. Walock, R. F. Reidy, D. Berman, S. Aouadi: "A comparative study of calcium-magnesium-aluminum-silicon oxide mitigation in selected self-healing thermal barrier coating ceramics", J Mater Res 35, 2311-2320 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1557/jmr.2020.220 .
  16. I. Cockerill, Y. Su, J. Lee, D. Berman, M.L. Young, Y. Zheng, D. Zhu: "Micro/Nanotopography of bioresorbable zinc dictates cytocompatibility, bone cell differentiation, and macrophage polarization", Nano Lett 20, 4594-4602 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c01448 .
  17. S. Singh, J. M. Young, D. C. Jones, D. Berman, B. Rout: "Observation of room-temperature superparamagnetic behavior of Fe5Si3 nanocrystals synthesized via 50 keV Fe ion implantation in silicon", Appl Phys A 126, 232 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1007/s00339-020-3417-8 .
  18. S. Aouadi, J. Gu, D. Berman: "Self-healing ceramic coatings that operate in extreme environments: a review", J Vac Sci Technol A 38, 050802 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1116/6.0000350 .
  19. S. Bakkar, J. Lee, N. Ku, D. Berman, S. Aouadi, R. Brennan, M. Young: "Design of porous aluminum oxide ceramics using magnetic field-assisted freeze casting", J Mater Res 35, 2859-2869 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1557/jmr.2020.197 .
  20. A. Shirani, T. Joy, I. Lager, J. Lindberf-Yilmaz, H-L. Wang, S. Jeppson, E.B. Cahoon, K. Chapman, S. Stymne, D. Berman*: "Lubrication characteristics of wax esters from oils produced by a genetically-enhanced oilseed crop", Tribology International 146, 106234 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.triboint.2020.106234.


  1. D. Berman, D. Zhu, O. Shenderova: "Compositions and Uses of Nanoscale Diamond Particles for Artificial Joints." 17/015,246 (2021)
  2. D. Berman, K. Chapman, E. Cahoon, T. Romsdahl "Lubricant Compositions having enhanced Estolide Content, Methods of Making, and Uses Thereof." US 17/076,191 (2021)
  3. D. Berman, K. Chapman, E. Cahoon, T. Romsdahl "Liquid and Semisolid Lubricant Compositions, Methods of Making, and Uses Thereof" US 16/772,110 (2021)
  4. D. Berman, E. Shevchenko, B. Diroll, M. Cargnello, E. Goodman: "Multicomponent Inorganic Porous Materials and Methods of Making the Same." US 11,123,713 B2 (granted 2021)
  5. D. Berman, J. Lee, V. Safonov, D. Zhu, M. Safonov: "Hydrogel-Based Biomedical Devices for Therapeutic Hydrogen Treatment of Skin and Tissues and Methods of Using Them." US 16/523,826 (2020)
  6. B. Narayanan, S. Sankaranarayanan, A.V. Sumant, M.J Cherukara, D. Berman: "Systems and methods for designing new materials for superlubricity", US16036039 (2020)
  7. D. Berman, S. Guha, E. Shevchenko: "Low Refractive Index Surface Layers and Related Methods." US15/649,448 (2019)
  8. A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, J. Choi, A. Erdemir: "Low Friction Wear Resistant Graphene Films." US10486195B2 (granted 2019)
  9. A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, J. Choi, A. Erdemir: "Superlubricating Graphene Films." US20140023864A1, WO2014015165A1 (2018)
  10. A.V. Sumant, D. Berman, J. Choi, A. Erdemir: "Superlubricating Graphene and Graphene Oxide Films." US20150197701A1 (2018)
  11. A.V. Sumant, D. Berman: "Graphene Layer Formation at Low Substrate Temperature on a Metal and Carbon Based Substrate." US10745641B2 (2020)

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