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Advanced nanostructured surfaces for the control of biofouling

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11827

  • Start date

    1 March 2005

  • End date

    28 February 2010

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 16 833 392

  • EU contribution

    € 11 901 786

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

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.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Address

Edgbaston
Birmingham

United Kingdom

Participants (31)

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE LORRAINE

France

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (TNO)

Netherlands

UNIVERSITA' DI PISA

Italy

INTERNATIONAL PAINT LTD

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

United Kingdom

GEBZE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Turkey

UNIVERSITY OF MONS-HAINAUT

Belgium

FUNDACION CIDETEC

Spain

LINKOEPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

INSTITUTE OF METALS AND TECHNOLOGY

Slovenia

POLYMER LABORATORIES LTD

United Kingdom

INSTITUT FUR POLYMERFORSCHUNG DRESDEN E. V.

Germany

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAT HEIDELBERG

Germany

BIOLOCUS A/S

Denmark

ZENON EUROPE TERMELOES SZOLGALTATO KFT

Hungary

SWEREA KIMAB AB

Sweden

CENTRUM TECHNIKI OKRETOWEJ SPLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

ARGUS CHEMICALS SRL

Italy

LAVIOSA CHIMICA MINERARIA SPA

Italy

TEER COATINGS LTD

United Kingdom

WALLENIUS MARINE AB

Sweden

KEMA NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

MARINA PORT ZELANDE BV

Netherlands

OCEANOGRAPHIC COMPANY OF THE NETHERLANDS B.V.

Netherlands

BASF AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

GLOBAL AQUAFISH S.L.

Spain

SUSTECH GMBH AND CO. KG

Germany

NANOCYL S.A.

Belgium

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY

Israel

VAL VGS AS

Norway

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11827

  • Start date

    1 March 2005

  • End date

    28 February 2010

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 16 833 392

  • EU contribution

    € 11 901 786

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom