Smart anti-biofouling composite coatings for naval applications

J. Telegdi, L. Trif, L. Románszki

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This chapter deals with traditional and special anti-biofouling coatings used for naval applications. The description starts with the definition of biofouling with an emphasis on its drawbacks and the plants and animals involved in the fouling. After illustration of the undesired action of micro- and macroorganisms, a historical retrospection of antifouling techniques is given. This is followed by a full description of coatings with and without biocides that illustrate those methods when the undesired activity of the organisms is inhibited either by killing them, or repelling from the surfaces that sink in natural waters. Examples are given for polymers, which are able to repel organisms alone or with biocides incorporated, and inorganic and organic additives are introduced as antifouling chemicals. An important section closes the chapter where the most environmentally friend resolutions, i.e., the quorum quenching techniques are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Composite Coatings and Membranes
Subtitle of host publicationTransport, Structural, Environmental and Energy Applications
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)9781782422839
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016



  • Anti-biofouling coatings
  • Biocides
  • Biofouling
  • Quorum quenching
  • Repellent coatings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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Telegdi, J., Trif, L., & Románszki, L. (2016). Smart anti-biofouling composite coatings for naval applications. In Smart Composite Coatings and Membranes: Transport, Structural, Environmental and Energy Applications (pp. 123-155). Elsevier Inc..