School of Engineering


Investigation of zwitterion functional surfaces

Zwitterionic surfaces are generally accepted to show non-fouling properties, especially in biomedical applications. This research investigates zwitterion functional surfaces with respect to the mechanism of action of these surfaces against settlement and adhesion of marine fouling organisms. It aims to optimise these surfaces for use in the marine environment, promoting the development of next-generation ‘non-fouling’ materials for ship hulls, optical sensors, renewable energy installations, wastewater outflows and aquaculture facilities.