Bio-inspired Marine Biofouling-control Coatings
Undeterred, marine organisms foul ship hulls, decreasing speed and maneuverability while increasing fuel use. New advances in the understanding of the adhesion mechanisms of macrofouling organisms like barnacles and mussels, offer the potential to design improved anti-fouling coatings that specifically target these mechanisms and avoid the general toxicity of traditional tin and copper/biocide coatings that have led to significant environmental damage. TIAX proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of an anti-fouling coating technology to deter the settlement and adhesion of macrofouling organisms to marine surfaces.
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