The formation of fouling on vessels of all types is a longstanding problem that hinders the performance of boats and increase maintenance costs. The development of anti-fouling paints is problematic because the paint additives that prevent the formation of fouling have undesirable effects on the sea, fish and crustaceans. This problem is particularly complex for yachts and small vessels that spend along time close to the shore and must satisfy extremely restrictive legislation on the use of anti-fouling paints. This project will perform the basic research and develop the technology to prevent the formation of fouling in an eco-friendly way. In particular it will suppress the initial stages of the bacteria formation that eventually lead to the formation of fouling. The technology developed within the project will have an enormous impact on the yachting sector in the medium term and on the whole naval sector in the medium- long term.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
M40 7RU Salford,manchester