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Advanced nanostructured surfaces for the control of biofouling

Objective

All structures in aquatic environments suffer from aggressive biofouling, which is economically costly, and its control imposes environmental burdens through release of biocides. Current non-biocidal coatings are unsuitable for most applications. Hence t here is a 'technology gap' demanding innovation. The biofouling process involves interfacial interactions determined within a few nanomaters of a surface. Control of interfacial phenomena requires, therefore, a capability for molecular level engineering of surfaces. The goal of the AMBIO project is to develop innovative non-biocidal solutions to the problem of aquatic biofouling, using a range of molecular surface engineering approaches. The project integrates industries, universities and research organ isations into a coordinated interdisciplinary programme incorporating all the necessary elements from nanomaterials engineering to biological evaluation and end-user trials. The industrial supply chain built into this IP will ensure durable impacts thro ugh technology transfer from the programme to industrial production. The project will use a 'knowledge-driven' research approach rather than empirical testing. Novel, nanoscale surfaces will be evaluated by biologists in rapid adhesion assays and charac terised physically in terms of molecular orientation, conformation and surface dynamics. The results will be used to modify the models and refine the surfaces in an iterative approach. The most promising strategies will be developed as practical surface s and subjected to field-testing of prototype products for end-use applications in the areas of hull coatings, membrane filters, aquaculture equipment, instrumentation, water-inlets and heat exchangers. The project will be Europe's first large-scale, mul tidisciplinary research programme to meet the problem of aquatic biofouling and thus will be a 'flagship' for European non-biocidal R&D.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-NMP-NI-3
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THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
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Edgbaston
Birmingham
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Participants (31)

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE LORRAINE
France
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2 Av. De La Foret De Haye
Vandoeuvre-les-nancy

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NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (TNO)
Netherlands
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Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft

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UNIVERSITA' DI PISA
Italy
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Via Risorgimiento 35
Pisa

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INTERNATIONAL PAINT LTD
United Kingdom
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Oriel House, 16 Connaught Place
London

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UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
United Kingdom
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Nethergate
Dundee

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GEBZE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Turkey
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Cayirova, Gebze
Kocaeli

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UNIVERSITY OF MONS-HAINAUT
Belgium
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Place Du Parc 20
Mons

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FUNDACION CIDETEC
Spain
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Parque Tecnologico De Miramon, Paseo Miramon 196
Donostia - San Sebastian

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LINKOEPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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Hus Origo Campus Valla
Linkoeping

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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
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6 Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne

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INSTITUTE OF METALS AND TECHNOLOGY
Slovenia
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Lepi Pot 11
Ljubljana

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POLYMER LABORATORIES LTD
United Kingdom
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Essex Road
Church Stretton

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INSTITUT FUR POLYMERFORSCHUNG DRESDEN E. V.
Germany
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Hohe Strasse 6
Dresden

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RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAT HEIDELBERG
Germany
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Seminarstrasse 2
Heidelberg

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BIOLOCUS A/S
Denmark
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Agern Alle 3
Hoersholm

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ZENON EUROPE TERMELOES SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
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Blathy Otto U 4
Oroszany

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SWEREA KIMAB AB
Sweden
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Drottning Kristinas Vag 48
Stockholm

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CENTRUM TECHNIKI OKRETOWEJ SPLKA AKCYJNA
Poland
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Ul. Waly Piastowskie 1
Gdansk

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ARGUS CHEMICALS SRL
Italy
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Via Del Molin Nuovo 10
Vernio

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LAVIOSA CHIMICA MINERARIA SPA
Italy
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Via Leonardo Da Vinci 21
Livorno

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TEER COATINGS LTD
United Kingdom
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West Stone House, West Stone, Berry Hill Industrial Estate
Droitwich - Worcestershire

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WALLENIUS MARINE AB
Sweden
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Swedenborgsgatan 19
Stockholm

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KEMA NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
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Utrechtseweg 310
Arnhem

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MARINA PORT ZELANDE BV
Netherlands
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Kabbelaarsbank 4
Ouddorp

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OCEANOGRAPHIC COMPANY OF THE NETHERLANDS B.V.
Netherlands
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Rotterdamseweg 185
Delft

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BASF AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
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Carl-bosch-strasse 38
Ludwigshafen

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GLOBAL AQUAFISH S.L.
Spain
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Crta. De Valencia Km 7,3 Campus Sur - Universidad Politecnica De Madrid- Edificio
Madrid

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SUSTECH GMBH AND CO. KG
Germany
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Petersenstrasse 20
Darmstadt

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NANOCYL S.A.
Belgium
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Rue De L'essor 4
Sambreville

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TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY
Israel
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Technion City
Haifa

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VAL VGS AS
Norway
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Kolvereid

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