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Antifouling performances of macro- to micro- to nano-copper materials for the inhibition of biofouling in its early stages

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by James Chapman, L Le Nor, R Brown, E Kitteringham, S Russell, T Sullivan, F Regan
Copper has been known to possess antimicrobial properties since as far back as the Phoenician era where ship hulls were copper sheathed to prevent the inevitable effects of biofouling. As a consequence of evolving scientific research and development, the realisation of novel materials and agents has enabled new scientific branches – such as nanotechnology. In this paper we investigate the performance of different forms of copper (macro, micro and nano) for application as antifouling materials. Samples are deployed in SmartBay Ireland for four weeks and analysed for evidence of biofouling. It was found that copper in its nano form, produced the greatest antifouling effectiveness in both PDMS and sol–gel matrices.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

1

Issue

45

Start Page

6194

End Page

6200

Number of Pages

7

ISSN

2050-750X

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Dublin City University; School of Medical and Applied Sciences (2013- ); TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of materials chemistry B.

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