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Reference Number EP/I028471/1
Title Probiotic, biocide-free antifouling coatings based upon sol-gel encapsulated micro-organisms
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 5%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 5%;
Not Energy Related 90%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 10%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 75%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 5%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 70%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 10%;
Principal Investigator Professor R (Bob ) Akid
No email address given
University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 31 January 2011
End Date 30 January 2012
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £131,171
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine; Construction; Energy; Environment
Region North West
Programme Manufacturing: Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor R (Bob ) Akid , Materials, University of Manchester (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Dr H Wang , Faculty of Arts Computing Eng and Sci, Sheffield Hallam University (0.001%)
Dr TJ Smith , Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Becker Industrial Coatings Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , International Paint Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co., Germany (0.000%)
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Abstract It is interesting to speculate that Nelson's victory at Trafalgar was due to an absence of biofouling on the ship's hulls (which were made of copper, a known biocide) allowing them superior speed.Biofouling is the undesirable accumulation of microorganisms, algae etc which occurs on submersed structures. The effects of biofouling are considerable; increased frictional drag, leading to increased fuel consumption and associated CO2, SOx, NOx emissions; restrictions in internal pipe dimensions leading to loss of flow, increased pressure and poor heat exchange in pipelines and commonly, the development of biofilms that provide habitats for the development of aggressive micro climates that are extremely acidic and lead to rapid rates of corrosion and structural failure, e.g., BP Purdoe Bay pipeline failure was due to microbial induced corrosion (MIC).The aim of this project is to commercialise a non-biocidal antifouling coating. The coating is based upon the concept that 'protective bacteria' encapsulated within a sol-gel matrix, and applied to a surface, will prevent harmful biofilms forming on that surface. The 'protective bacteria' in this case consist of endospores that are naturally ocurring in soil and are non-pathogenic. The concept has been proven in an EPSRC project that will end in October 2010.We propose to work with selected partners who manufacture coatings for the key markets that utilise antifouling coatings. The partners will help with commercial performance testing that will allow us to benchmark our coating against current commercially available coatings. We will address the requirement for the coating to be applied under industrial conditions to large surface areas and the feasibility of applying our coating on top of existing marine coatings that are applied to prevent corrosion. Importantly we will address the issue of scale-up of manufacture, particularly that of endospore production, something that traditional coating manufacturers are not familiar with. The partners will also advise on Health & Safety issues and provide guidance on regulatory requirements of the coating
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