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

Chapman, J, Le Nor, L, Brown, R, Kitteringham, E, Russell, S, Sullivan, T and Regan, F 2013, 'Antifouling performances of macro- to micro- to nano-copper materials for the inhibition of biofouling in its early stages', Journal of Materials Chemistry B, vol. 1, no. 45, pp. 6194-6200.


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Title Antifouling performances of macro- to micro- to nano-copper materials for the inhibition of biofouling in its early stages
Author(s) Chapman, J
Le Nor, L
Brown, R
Kitteringham, E
Russell, S
Sullivan, T
Regan, F
Year 2013
Journal name Journal of Materials Chemistry B
Volume number 1
Issue number 45
Start page 6194
End page 6200
Total pages 7
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Abstract 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.
Subject Analytical Chemistry not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Nanoparticles
Glycocalyx
Substances
Silver
DOI - identifier 10.1039/c3tb21285h
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ISSN 2050-7518
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