Degradable polyurethane-organic release system prevents marine biofouling

Controlled release of antifoulant is critical for marine antibiofouling. Researchers have prepared polyurethane with degradable polyester segments and used it as release system for organic antifoulants.

The prepared system has good antibiofouling performance and excellent adhesion to the substrate. Source: Rosel Eckstein/ -

The degradation rate of the polyurethane increases with the content of the degradable segments.

Excellent adhesion to the substrate

On the other hand, as the segments change from PEA, PBA to PHA, the degradation rate decreases because the crystallinity increases but the ester group density decreases. Such degradable polyurethane allows the antifoulants to release at a constant rate, where the release rate can be regulated by varying the polyester segments. Marine field tests reveal that the polyurethane-antifoulant system has good antifouling performance. Particularly, the degradable polyurethane exhibits excellent adhesion to the substrate ensuring the long duration of the system.

The study is published in: Progress in Organic Coatings, Volume 104, March 2017, Pages 58–63

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