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Zwitterionic surfaces for marine applications

Zwitterionic surfaces for marine applications

Optimising zwitterion surfaces to develop the next-generation of ‘non-fouling’ materials for the marine environment.

Project leader

Professor Tony Clare


October 2015 to September 2019


Akzo Nobel Coatings International BV


Zwitterionic surfaces are generally accepted to show non-fouling properties, especially in biomedical applications.

This research investigates zwitterion functional surfaces. It looks at the mechanism of action of these surfaces against settlement and adhesion of marine fouling organisms.

The project aims to optimise these surfaces for use in the marine environment.

It promotes the development of next-generation ‘non-fouling’ materials for the following:

  • ship hulls
  • optical sensors
  • renewable energy installations
  • wastewater outflows
  • aquaculture facilities