Environmentally-friendly Anti-fouling Marine Coatings

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Interested in our work on Anti-fouling Marine Coatings?

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