About this Research Topic
Biofouling is the attachment and growth of microbes (bacteria and microalgae) and macro-organisms (barnacles, mussels, bryozoans, and seaweeds) on surfaces submerged in the aquatic environment. Biofouling is generally undesirable for many industrial applications. It increases drag, decreases the speed of the vessel, clogs membranes and pipelines, decreases buoyancy, and damages materials.
Current antifouling solutions are not environmentally friendly. In order to prevent biofouling, industries apply toxic chemical substances that pollute the environment. The development of nanotechnology has created new opportunities for scientists and engineers to manipulate and understand the nanoscale properties of coatings. Novel, more efficient, low toxic and non-toxic nano-coatings can provide protection via chemical and physical surface modifications at nano-scale, and can therefore play a crucial role in biofouling management in the aquatic environment. The development of such coatings has gained significant interest recently.
The goal of this Research Topic is to highlight promising, recent, and novel research trends in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for antifouling applications.
This Research Topic will focus on nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for antifouling applications. The special emphasis will be on composite, bioinspired, photocatalytic, and fouling-release low toxic antifouling nanomaterials. The outcome will be beneficial to the scientists and professionals working in diverse disciplines of material and environmental sciences, biomedicine, biotechnology, maritime, and food industries.
We invite the submission of Original Research, Review, Mini-Review and Perspective articles related to antifouling nanomaterials and nanotechnology-based applications. Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
• Composite nanomaterials with antifouling properties
• Photocatalytic nanomaterials with antifouling properties
• Fouling-release nanomaterials
• Bioinspired antifouling applications
• Environmental impact of antifouling nanomaterials.
Keywords: Biofouling, antifouling, nano-roughness, nano-coatings, nanomaterials, bioinspired coatings
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