Functional nanomaterials, synergisms, and biomimicry for environmentally benign marine antifouling technology

Kumar, Avishek, AL-Jumaili, Ahmed, Bazaka, Olha, Ivanova, Elena P., Levchenko, Igor, Bazaka, Kateryna, and Jacob, Mohan V. (2021) Functional nanomaterials, synergisms, and biomimicry for environmentally benign marine antifouling technology. Materials Horizons, 8 (12). pp. 3201-3238.

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Abstract

Marine biofouling remains one of the key challenges for maritime industries, both for seafaring and stationary structures. Currently used biocide-based approaches suffer from significant drawbacks, coming at a significant cost to the environment into which the biocides are released, whereas novel environmentally friendly approaches are often difficult to translate from lab bench to commercial scale. In this article, current biocide-based strategies and their adverse environmental effects are briefly outlined, showing significant gaps that could be addressed through advanced materials engineering. Current research towards the use of natural antifouling products and strategies based on physio-chemical properties is then reviewed, focusing on the recent progress and promising novel developments in the field of environmentally benign marine antifouling technologies based on advanced nanocomposites, synergistic effects and biomimetic approaches are discussed and their benefits and potential drawbacks are compared to existing techniques.

Item ID: 72247
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2051-6355
Copyright Information: This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2021.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DP180101254, ARC DE130101550
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 11:52
FoR Codes: 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401609 Polymers and plastics @ 100%
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