Bio-responsive Antifouling Coatings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,993.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-12-M-0060
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-166-0598
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-166
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
627132913
Principal Investigator:
Bryan Koene
Principal Investigator
(540) 558-1699
koeneb@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact:
Elizabeth Gaudin
Senior Contracts Administ
(540) 557-5881
submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Marine biofouling is a significant problem on ship hulls resulting in increased fuel consumption, decreased speed/efficiency and also a vector for the transport of non-indigenous species. Whereas many antifouling coatings have been developed to remedy this situation, most of these coatings prevent fouling through the slow and controlled release of toxins such as metals (tin, copper or zinc) or organic biocides. Continual leaching of toxic metals or organic biocides from ship hulls raises concerns about the environmental impact of this approach. There is a clear need to develop a new class of marine coatings that will prevent fouling by a more environmentally responsible mechanism that is also low-maintenance and long-lasting. In this proposed program, Luna Innovations will develop a novel coating system that will remedy biofouling through two different mechanisms, repelling interactions with biofouling organisms and more specifically by attacking the organism"s bioadhesives to prevent attachment and proliferation to marine surfacess. This antifouling coating technology will combine a naturally bioresistant polymeric surface with stabilized molecular moieties that have demonstrated the ability to degrade bioadhesives. This technology will result in a huge cost savings by producing a low-maintenance long service life hull coating that improves fuel efficiency.

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