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Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 165.83K | Year: 2014

The shipping industry is essential to global trade and thus the economy of the UK, yet it is also a significant producer of greenhouse gases. Therefore it is essential to optimise the efficiency of individual ships to reduce their impact on global climate change. One way to do this is ensure that their hulls are smooth and clean by using the best possible fouling control coating. This project aims to connect a company with a vast amount of data and traditional industry expertise, International Paint Ltd. with three high-tech companies, South Coast GIS, PHP Genie , and Ecoteknica, who can process/sort vast amounts of data into a useable formats, undertake advanced data analysis and predictive modelling and produce innovative intelligent tools to visualise ship efficiency and in doing so enable the application of bespoke fouling control coatings to each and every ship, saving owners money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008 | Award Amount: 3.28M | Year: 2010

The main research goal of SEACOAT is to improve understanding of biointerfacial processes involved in the colonisation of surfaces by marine fouling organisms. Our vision is that this enhanced understanding will inform the future development of new, environmentally-benign materials and coatings for the practical control of marine biofouling. Our principal objective is to discover which nano- and micro-scale physico-chemical properties of surfaces influence the adhesion of fouling organisms, through the use of surface engineering technologies to fabricate coatings that vary systematically in relevant surface properties, and length scales. We will use advanced surface analytical methods to characterise test surfaces for relevant physico-chemical surface properties and how these change after immersion. Parallel adhesion bioassays using a range of representative marine organisms will test intrinsic antifouling properties of surfaces. The network is an interdisciplinary cooperative of chemists, physicists and marine biologists. Intersectoral aspects unite basic and applied scientists working in universities, a large company and an SME. The projects S&T objectives will be delivered through research in 4 main Work Packages: viz. WP1-Surface Engineering, WP2-Surface Analytics, WP3-Bioadhesion, WP4- Integration. Two additional Work Packages (WP5, WP6) will be concerned with the Dissemination of project results and the Management of the Network respectively. The aim of the Training Programme is to increase the knowledge base and experience of trainees in each of the Thematic Areas and to develop their transferable skills for future careers in industry or academia. Six training objectives will be delivered through a suite of 7 Core Skills Areas (Research Project, Advanced Training Courses, Project Conferences, International Winter Workshop, Career Development Plan, Generic Research Skills, Transferable Research Skills).

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 492.54K | Year: 2014

This project addresses high level material substitution challenge in marine antifouling coatings harmful to the environment. Unwanted accumulation of marine organisms on submerged surfaces (fouling) causes major problems for marine industries. Prevention, repair & increased energy consumption costs run to £bns p.a. Fouling can be reduced via special coatings, but many use harmful biocides & face regulatory pressure. Others use low surface energy polymers but are less effective under certain conditions. Coatings with equal or superior performance to biocides but with positive HSE profile have huge market potential. Global legislative trends restrict biocide amounts/types used in coatings. It is predicted there will be increased legislation covering biocidal products, placing further pressure on those currently in use. We propose a 2 year collaborative project between an LE (International Paint), SMEs (Revolymer & Insect Research) & academia (University of Liverpool, & Newcastle University) to use low molecular weight compounds & novel formulations to develop new antifouling coating with a sustainable step change.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: OCEAN 2013.3 | Award Amount: 11.27M | Year: 2014

Marine biofouling, the unwanted colonization of marine organisms on surfaces immersed in seawater has a huge economic and environmental impact in terms of maintenance requirements for marine structures, increased vessel fuel consumption, operating costs, greenhouse gas emissions and spread of non-indigenous species. The SEAFRONT project will aim to significantly advance the control of biofouling and reduce hydrodynamic drag by integrating multiple technology concepts such as surface structure, surface chemistry and bio-active/bio-based fouling control methodologies into one environmentally benign and drag-reducing solution for mobile and stationary maritime applications. In parallel, a combination of laboratory-based performance benchmarking and end-user field trials will be undertaken in order to develop an enhanced fundamental/mechanistic understanding of the coating-biofouling interaction, the impact of this on hydrodynamic drag and to inform technology development and down-selection of promising fouling control solutions. This project aims to facilitate a leap forward in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from marine transport and the conservation of the marine ecosystem by adopting a multidisciplinary and synergistic approach to fouling control.

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