Special Issue "Biofouling and Antifouling"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. André Margaillan

Laboratoire Matériaux Polymères Interfaces Environnement Marin, Université de Toulon, France
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Phone: +33 4 94 14 67 60
Interests: macromolecular architectures; polymer chemistry; controlled radical polymerization; antifouling coatings; ion imprinted polymers
Guest Editor
Dr. Jean-François Briand

Laboratoire Matériaux Polymères Interfaces Environnement Marin, Université de Toulon, France
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Phone: +33 4 94 14 67 60
Interests: biofilm; marine biofouling; microbial ecology; artificial surfaces; antifouling bioassay

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biofouling is a natural and complex process of biological colonization that occurs on immersed surfaces, especially in marine environments. The research on antifouling coatings was revived after the ban of organostannic compounds in 2008. Beyond ship hulls, aquaculture, marine instrumentation (sensor, gliders, buoys, etc.) or desalination plants, required antifouling strategies by now. Two main antifouling paints are used for preventing the colonization by marine organisms (bacteria, diatoms, algae, barnacles, mussels, etc.), especially on vessel hulls. The first type of biocidal antifouling is based on binders allowing a release control of biocides. The second one, known as Fouling Release Coating (FRC), is based on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomers used as a binder combining low surface energy and low elastic modulus, allowing a detachment of fouling organisms by hydrodynamic forces during navigation. In order to improve efficacy and for limiting environmental impact, different new strategies are nowadays investigated: Self-stratified coating having amphiphilic surfaces, nanostructured surfaces through block copolymers, redox addressable polymers bearing electroactive pendent groups, biohydrolyzable polymers, hydrolyzable FRC, etc.

This Special Issue, “Biofouling and Antifouling” welcom research papers concerning:

- Elaboration of original polymers as binders for antifouling coatings, especially new strategies coupled to efficacy study (lab and/or field studies).

- Unraveling the mechanism of action for original antifouling surfaces regarding colonization, from biofilms (microfouling) to macroorganisms (macrofouling).

Prof. André Margaillan
Dr. Jean-François Briand
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Fouling Release Coating
  • Biocidal antifouling
  • Responsive surface
  • Textured surface
  • Amphiphilic surface
  • Biohydrolyzable

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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