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Abstract Submission Deadline 17 October 2022
Manuscript Submission Deadline 19 December 2022

With the rapid development of the marine industry, biofouling on underwater equipment has become a major issue. Traditional antifouling coatings were banned worldwide in 2003 due to their toxicity toward non-target marine organisms. Consequently, the development of sustainable nontoxic antifouling coatings is urgent. The chemical and electrochemical reactions between seawater and subsea surfaces can induce small cracks on surfaces, which can gradually lead to large-area corrosion, reducing the surface strength and resulting in serious security issues. A study from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) shows that the global cost of corrosion is $2.5 trillion annually, which equals 3.4% of the global gross domestic product (GDP). To reduce survival stress, many animals and plants in nature have developed excellent antifouling and anticorrosion strategies. Inspired by these environmentally compatible and efficient strategies, various antifouling and anticorrosion technologies (e.g., coatings and surfaces) have been developed to protect subsea surfaces from biofouling and corrosion. We believe that bionic antifouling and anticorrosion technologies will usher in vigorous development in the next few decades.

Firstly, this topic aims to introduce recent developments in nature-inspired antifouling and anticorrosion technologies, including micro/nanostructured surfaces, natural antifoulants, bioinspired hydrogels, slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces, bioinspired dynamic surfaces, and zwitterionic coatings. Secondly, novel coating techniques, such as integrated antifouling and anticorrosion coatings (IAACs), may contribute to the development of the marine coating industry. Thirdly, this topic also focuses on studies in biofouling and corrosion mechanisms, which can help readers better understand the basic knowledge of biofouling and corrosion.

This topic calls for original research and reviews related, but not limited to the following research fields:
• Nature-inspired antifouling and anticorrosion coatings and surfaces
• Environmentally friendly antifouling and anticorrosion coatings and surfaces
• Novel antifouling and anticorrosion technologies
• Mechanisms of biofouling, corrosion, microbially influenced corrosion (MIC)

Keywords: Antifouling, Anticorrosion, Marine biofouling, bioinspired, nature-inspired, coatings


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

With the rapid development of the marine industry, biofouling on underwater equipment has become a major issue. Traditional antifouling coatings were banned worldwide in 2003 due to their toxicity toward non-target marine organisms. Consequently, the development of sustainable nontoxic antifouling coatings is urgent. The chemical and electrochemical reactions between seawater and subsea surfaces can induce small cracks on surfaces, which can gradually lead to large-area corrosion, reducing the surface strength and resulting in serious security issues. A study from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) shows that the global cost of corrosion is $2.5 trillion annually, which equals 3.4% of the global gross domestic product (GDP). To reduce survival stress, many animals and plants in nature have developed excellent antifouling and anticorrosion strategies. Inspired by these environmentally compatible and efficient strategies, various antifouling and anticorrosion technologies (e.g., coatings and surfaces) have been developed to protect subsea surfaces from biofouling and corrosion. We believe that bionic antifouling and anticorrosion technologies will usher in vigorous development in the next few decades.

Firstly, this topic aims to introduce recent developments in nature-inspired antifouling and anticorrosion technologies, including micro/nanostructured surfaces, natural antifoulants, bioinspired hydrogels, slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces, bioinspired dynamic surfaces, and zwitterionic coatings. Secondly, novel coating techniques, such as integrated antifouling and anticorrosion coatings (IAACs), may contribute to the development of the marine coating industry. Thirdly, this topic also focuses on studies in biofouling and corrosion mechanisms, which can help readers better understand the basic knowledge of biofouling and corrosion.

This topic calls for original research and reviews related, but not limited to the following research fields:
• Nature-inspired antifouling and anticorrosion coatings and surfaces
• Environmentally friendly antifouling and anticorrosion coatings and surfaces
• Novel antifouling and anticorrosion technologies
• Mechanisms of biofouling, corrosion, microbially influenced corrosion (MIC)

Keywords: Antifouling, Anticorrosion, Marine biofouling, bioinspired, nature-inspired, coatings


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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