• Start of the project : 01-12-13
  • End of project : 30-11-17


The BYEFOULING project addresses high volume production of low toxic and environmentally friendly antifouling coatings for mobile and stationary maritime applications. The technology will fulfil the coating requirements as a result of the incorporation of novel antifouling agents and a new set of binders into coating formulations for maritime transportation and fishing vessels, floating devices and aquaculture. The main goal of BYEFOULING is to design, develop and upscale antifouling coatings with enhanced performance compared to current available products: surface-structured materials, protein adsorption inhibitors, quorum sensing inhibitors, natural biocides and microorganisms with antifouling properties. Encapsulation of the innovative compounds in smart nanostructured materials will be implemented to optimize coating performance and cost all along their life cycle.

Objectives and missions of Materia Nova:

As a partner, Materia Nova will carry out:

  • The peptoid synthesis, the extraction and purification of quorum-sensing quenchers, the development of structured surfaces, the cultivating of aerobic and anaerobic biofilms, the screening of biofilm inhibition by developed alternatives, the analysis of biofilm interactions with multicellular marine biofouling, the study of biocorrosion, the large-scale synthesis
  • A demonstration
  • A life cycle analysis


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