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Development of bio-inspired antifouling coatings

Barrett, Alan and Sullivan, Timothy and Regan, Fiona (2013) Development of bio-inspired antifouling coatings. In: 4th Annual SmartOcean Forum, 5-6 Nov 2013, Belfast, UK.

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Abstract

Biofouling is the accumulation of micro and macro organisms on a solid surface exposed to a marine environment. It cause a reduction of operational effectiveness of marine structures[1]. The process begins with the settlement of microorganisms on the surface demonstrated in figure 1, the microorganisms then produce Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) forming a biofilm. Hydrophobic surfaces have been shown to inhibit biofouling and it has been noted that some strains of macroalgae use surface topography and leaching of antimicrobials to minimise biofouling.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Event Type:Conference
Refereed:No
Uncontrolled Keywords:Biofouling; Marine environments
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Analytical chemistry
Physical Sciences > Environmental chemistry
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Marine and Environmental Sensing Technology Hub (MESTECH)
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:19677
Deposited On:06 Dec 2013 09:47 by Aoife Power. Last Modified 17 Oct 2016 14:51

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