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Enhancing the efficacy of fouling-release coatings against fouling by Mytilus galloprovincialis using nanofillers.
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PMID:  23025554     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Fouling-release (FR) coatings minimise the adhesion strength of fouling organisms. This study describes improved technologies to control the settlement and adhesion of the important fouling organism Mytilus galloprovincialis by incorporating the nanofillers titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) matrices. The incorporation of TiO(2) prevented larval settlement when photoactivated with UV light, even at the lowest concentration of the nanofiller (3.75 wt%). Notably, there was 100% mortality of pediveligers exposed to photoactivated TiO(2). However, plantigrades initially settled to photoactivated TiO(2), but their adhesion strength was significantly reduced on these surfaces in comparison to blank PDMS. In addition, plantigrades had high mortality after 6 h. In contrast to the enhanced antifouling and FR properties of PDMS incorporating TiO(2), the incorporation of CNTs had no effect on the settlement and adhesion of M. galloprovincialis.
C Carl; A J Poole; M J Vucko; M R Williams; S Whalan; R de Nys
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biofouling     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1029-2454     ISO Abbreviation:  Biofouling     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9200331     Medline TA:  Biofouling     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1077-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
a School of Marine and Tropical Biology, Centre of Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture, James Cook University , Townsville , Queensland , Australia.
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