Coatings with nano-sized vanadium pentoxide offer protection against marine fouling

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Author: Wolfgang Tremel
Date: Aug. 2012
From: Advanced Coatings & Surface Technology(Vol. 25, Issue 8)
Publisher: Frost & Sullivan
Document Type: Article
Length: 487 words
Lexile Measure: 1290L

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The aggregation of small marine microorganisms, such as bacteria and algae on surfaces exposed directly to seawater is known as marine bio-fouling. Marine fouling is a major problem, which costs the shipping industry more than 200 billion dollars per year. Increase in hydrodynamic drag is a result of bio-fouling. This increases fuel consumption and triggers greenhouse gas emissions. Commercially available conventional antifouling coatings and paints containing metal complexes or conventional biocides are effective against marine bio-fouling. However, these materials can cause adverse effects on the environment through metal leaching (such as leaching of zinc) or microorganisms can develop resistance toward them. Surfaces, such as ship hulls, sea buoys or offshore platforms, which have direct contact with sea water, are severely affected...

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