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Chitosan-Based, Foul-Release Coatings

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
57289
Program Year/Program:
2003 / 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 2
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Chitosan-Based, Foul-Release Coatings
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG-133R-03-CN-0071
Award Amount: $199,958.00
 

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 were discovered during Phase 1 and are proposed for further development during Phase 2 to overcome these problems. These novel coatings are formed from low-cost, non-toxic and waterborne materials. The objective of this Phase 2 research is to experimentally demonstrate that these coatings control fouling more effectively than industry standards, PDMS and copper-based coatings. Foul-resistance of coatings will be assessed by exposing coated nets and panels at 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
mawalsh@capecod.net

Business Contact:

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

E Paint Company
25 Research Road E. Falmouth, MA 02536

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