Advances in Marine Antifouling Coatings and Technologies - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781845693862, 9781845696313

Advances in Marine Antifouling Coatings and Technologies

1st Edition

Editors: Claire Hellio Diego Yebra
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845693862
eBook ISBN: 9781845696313
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 22nd May 2009
Page Count: 784
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Marine fouling organisms and their impact: The battle against marine biofouling: A historical review; Surface colonisation by marine organisms and its impact on antifouling research; Algae as marine fouling organisms: Adhesion damage and prevention; Bacterial adhesion and marine fouling; Understanding the biofouling of off-shore and deep-sea structures; The effects of marine biofouling on the performance of ocean-going vessels; The impact and control of biofouling in marine finfish aquaculture; Expected effect of climate change on fouling communities and its impact on antifouling research; Legislation affecting antifouling products. Part 2 Testing and development of antifouling coatings: Developing new marine antifouling substances: Learning from the pharmaceutical industry; Laboratory bioassays for screening marine antifouling compounds; Key issues in the formulation of marine antifouling paints; Modelling the design and optimization of chemically active marine antifouling coatings; High throughput methods for the design of fouling control coatings; Ageing tests and long-term performance of marine antifouling coatings; Testing the impact of biofilms on the performance of marine antifouling coatings. Part 3 Chemically active marine antifouling technologies: Tin-free self-polishing marine antifouling coatings; The use of copper as a biocide in marine antifouling paints; The use of broad-spectrum organic biocides in marine antifouling paints; Organic alternatives to copper in the control of marine biofouling; Natural marine products with antifouling activities; Enzyme-based solutions for marine antifouling coatings. Part 4 Surface approaches to the control of marine biofouling: Advanced nanostructured surfaces for the control of marine biofouling: The AMBIO project; Surface modification approaches to control marine biofouling; Fouling control coatings using low surface energy, foul release technology; Non-silicon biocide-free antifouling solutions; Trends in marine biofouling research.


Marine biofouling can be defined as the undesirable accumulation of microorganisms, algae and animals on structures submerged in seawater. From the dawn of navigation, marine biofouling has been a major problem for shipping in such areas as reduced speed, higher fuel consumption and increased corrosion. It also affects industries using off-shore structures such as oil and gas production and aquaculture. Growing concerns about the environmental impact of antifouling coatings has led to major new research to develop more environmentally-friendly alternatives. Advances in marine antifouling coatings and technologies summaries this wealth of research and its practical implications.

This book is divided into four sub-sections which discuss: marine fouling organisms and their impact, testing and development of antifouling coatings, developments in chemically-active marine antifouling technologies, and new surface approaches to the control of marine biofouling. It provides an authoritative overview of the recent advances in understanding the biology of fouling organisms, the latest developments on antifouling screening techniques both in the field and in the laboratory, research on safer active compounds and the progress on nontoxic coatings with tailor-made surface properties.

With its distinguished editors and international team of contributors, Advances in marine antifouling coatings and technologies is a standard reference for manufacturers of marine antifouling solutions, the shipping industry, oil and gas producers, aquaculture and other industries using offshore structures, and academics researching this important area.

Key Features

  • Assesses marine antifouling organisms and their impact, including a historical review and directions for future research
  • Discusses developments in antifouling coatings examining chemically-active and new surface approaches
  • Reviews the environmentally friendly alternative of safer active compounds and the progress of non-toxic compounds


Manufacturers of marine antifouling solutions; The shipping industry; Oil and gas producers; Aquaculture and other industries using offshore structures; Academics researching this important area.


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This book provides a comprehensive summary of the current state-of-the-art and should be essential reading for anyone concerned with sustainable operation of equipment in the marine environment., Materials World

About the Editors

Claire Hellio Editor

Dr Claire Hellio is Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Dr Claire Hellio has an international reputation for his research on marine antifouling coatings and technologies.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Portsmouth, UK

Diego Yebra Editor

Dr Diego M. Yebra works for Pinturas Hempel S.A., Spain. Dr Diego M. Yebra has an international reputation for his research on marine antifouling coatings and technologies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pinturas Hempel S.A., Spain