Recent progress in marine foul-release polymeric nanocomposite coatings

Selim, Mohamed S., Shenashen, M.A., El-Safty, Sherif A., Higazy, S.A., Selim, Mahmoud M., Isago, H. and Elmarakbi, Ahmed (2017) Recent progress in marine foul-release polymeric nanocomposite coatings. Progress in Materials Science, 87. pp. 1-32. ISSN 0079-6425

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Progress in materials science is associated with the development of nanomaterials in terms of energy-saving, environmentally friendly, and low-cost methods. Since the use of tributyltin compounds in antifouling coatings was banned in 2003, the search for ecofriendly alternatives has been promoted. Foul-release (FR) nanocoatings have been extensively investigated because of their non-stick, ecological, and economic advantages. Such nanocomposite systems are dynamic non-stick surfaces that deter any fouling attachment through physical anti-adhesion terminology. Instead of biocidal solutions, several functional FR nanocomposite coatings have been developed to counter biofouling and biocorrosion with ecological and ecofriendly effects. Selected inorganic nanofillers have been incorporated because of their enhanced interaction at the filler‐polymer interface for nanocomposites. Metallic nanoparticles and their oxides have also been widely explored because of their unique morphological characteristics and size-dependent, self-cleaning properties. In modeling a novel series of FR nanocoatings, two modes of prevention are combined: chemical inertness and physical microfouling repulsion for maritime navigation applications. Long-term durability and self-cleaning performance are among the advantages of developing effective, stable, and ecofriendly modeling alternatives. This review provides a holistic overview of nano-FR research achievements and describes recent advancements in non-stick marine nanocoatings for ship hulls. This review highlights the key issues of nanocomposite structures and their features in improving the biological activity and surface self-cleaning performance of ship hulls. This review may also open new horizons toward futuristic developments in FR nanocomposites for maritime navigations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foul-release (FR); Nanocoatings; Polymeric nanocomposite; Inorganic nanofillers; Environment
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
J500 Materials Technology not otherwise specified
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 12:15
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 19:01

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