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Bio-inspired antifouling approaches

Thursday, 28 January 2016

In a review, researchers cover the latest advances in the field of antifouling materials. They specifically focus on biomaterials that are based on the chemical and physical behaviour of biological systems.

The answer might be concealed in natural systems which combine surface chemistry and topography. Source: magipens schwiegermutter/pixelio.de

The answer might be concealed in natural systems which combine surface chemistry and topography. Source: magipens schwiegermutter/pixelio.de

Biofouling is an undesirable process in which organisms and their by-products encrust a surface. Antifouling solutions are of great importance since biofouling has negative effects on numerous species, ecosystems, and areas including water treatment facilities, health-care systems, and marine devices.

Expanded search for promising non-toxic materials

Many useful solutions have been developed in the last few decades. However, with the emergence of environmental issues, the search for new promising non-toxic materials has expanded. One approach tries to mimic natural antifouling surfaces and relies on mechanisms of action derived from nature. Since these materials are based on natural systems, they are mostly biocompatible and more efficient against complex fouling.

The study is published in: Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Volume 39, June 2016, Pages 48–55.

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