Slow Release Non-Toxic Antifouling Additives for Coatings Used in Aquaculture

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2009-00326
Amount: $79,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
100 TECHNOLOGY DR STE 400, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
DUNS: 611743290
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lacramioara Schulte auf`m Erley
 Chief Scientist
 (412) 770-2065
Business Contact
 Lacramioara Schulte auf`m Erley
Title: Chief Scientist
Phone: (412) 770-2605
Research Institution
There is a tremendous need within the aquaculture industry for a durable, effective antifouling coating that is non-toxic and is ecologically acceptable. The successful development of slow release, non-toxic antifouling coating additives for aquaculture equipment will significantly impact the efficiency, productivity, and profitability of aquaculture industries by extending equipment life, generating higher quality product at higher yields, and reducing labor costs. Current antifouling coatings either contain additives that function via a toxic mechanism or are short-lived due to quick leaching of the antifoulants and/or fragile coating matrices. Subsequently, their current use in aquaculture is severely limited. The overall goal of the proposed project is to address the need for long-lasting antifouling technologies that do not rely on the release of toxic agents. On a unit process level, the development of new materials and coatings for aquaculture equipment will simplify the aquaculture growing process by reducing cleaning efforts. This will result in increased productivity, higher quality product, and less environmental impact.

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