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Chitosan-based Foul-release Coatings for Aquaculture

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
57289
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2002-28
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
E PAINT CO.
25 RESEARCH RD EAST FALMOUTH, MA 02536-6444
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Chitosan-based Foul-release Coatings for Aquaculture
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG1330-02-Cn-0038
Award Amount: $49,950.00
 

Abstract:

Rapid biofouling of aquaculture netting necessitates frequent cleaning. Cleaning by scrubbing or pressure washing can consume as much as 40% of total labor. Chemical methods of biofouling control are not approved for the aquaculture industry. Silicone elastomers that release biofouling have been developed. However, these ┬┐foul-release coatings┬┐ are often more expensive than the netting itself and have short service lives. Novel chitosan-based foul-release coatings are proposed to overcome these problems. These coatings are formed from low-cost, non-toxic and waterborne materials. The objective of this research is to experimentally demonstrate that these coatings control fouling more effectively than the industry standard, PDMS. Foul-resistance of coatings will be assessed by exposing coated nets and panels at five different sites, and recording fouling mass and diversity of organisms as a function of time. Chemical and physical property tests are also planned.

Principal Investigator:

M. Alex Walsh
Director of Research
5085404412
alex@epaint.net

Business Contact:

Myles A. Walsh
President
5085404412
epaint@epaint.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

E Paint Company
25 Research Blvd. East Falmouth, MA 02536

EIN/Tax ID: 043114796
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No