Bioinspired Marine Coatings with Nonfouling and Fouling Release Capabilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-M-0063
Agency Tracking Number: N112-166-1001
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-166
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Zwitter Technology, LLC
616 NE Northlake PL Rm 620B, Seattle, WA, -
DUNS: 832616176
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yuting Li
 Director of Research
 (210) 544-6077
 yutingli@zwittertech.com
Business Contact
 Shaoyi Jiang
Title: President
Phone: (425) 273-1035
Email: sjiang@zwittertech.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Bio-fouling on ship hulls and other marine structures has become a global environmental and economic issue. There is an urgent need for the development of next-generation marine coatings that are nontoxic, long-lasting, low-cost and effective even under static conditions. This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project from Zwitter Technology will develop a bio-inspired environmental friendly marine coating with nonfouling and fouling release capabilities by integrating bioinspired mechanistic and zwitterionic/silicone material approaches. In Phase I, we will demonstrate the benefits of bioinspired antifoulants, nonfouling zwitterionic materials and low-elastic module silicones. In Phase I Option, we will develop a commercially viable approach (i.e., easy scale up/production/application and low-cost) to realize this concept. This multi-functional marine coating technology will be the first and the only one of its kind.

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