An Uncomplicated Strategy for a Complex Problem
There exists a critical environmental and economic need for non-toxic marine coatings which effectively control biofouling on vessels and other submerged structures. A feasible approach must be broadly effective but also must not be economically prohibitive or overly complex in its implementation.
What we are doing
The goal of our research is to develop coating technologies that synergistically combine anti-fouling and foul-release properties. Towards this goal, we have developed “PEG-silane amphiphiles” that can be readily formulated into coatings to boost resistance to marine biofoulers.
Publications on this research
Antifouling silicones based on surface-modifying additive amphiphiles
Rufin, M.A.; Ngo, B.K.D.; Barry, M.E.; Page, V.M.; Hawkins, M.L.; Stafslien, S.J.; Grunlan, M.A.. “Anti-fouling silicones based on surface-modifying additive (SMA) amphiphiles,” Green Mater., 2017, 5, 1-10.View the Article
Non-toxic, anti-fouling silicones with variable PEO-silane amphiphiles content
Faÿ, F.; Hawkins, M.L.; Réhel, K.; Grunlan, M.A.; Linossier, I. “Non-toxic, anti-fouling silicones with variable PEO-silane amphiphiles content,” Green Mater., 2016, 4, 53-62.View the Article
Bacteria and diatom resistance of silicone modified with PEO-silane amphiphiles
Hawkins, M.L.; Fav, F.; E. Cheverau; Linossier, I.; Grunlan, M.A.“Bacteria and diatom resistance of silicone modified with PEO-silane amphiphiles,” Biofouling, 2014, 30, 247-258.View the Article
Minimally adhesive polymer surfaces (MAPS) prepared from star oligosiloxanes and star oligofluorosiloxanes
Grunlan, M.A.; Lee, N.S.; Mansfeld, F.; Kus, E.; Finlay, J.A.; Callow, J.A.; Callow, M.E.; Weber, W.P.+ “Minimally adhesive polymer surfaces (MAPS) prepared from star oligosiloxanes and star oligofluorosiloxanes,” J. Poly. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2006, 44, 2551-2566.View the Article