Antifouling and Photocatalytic Antibacterial Activity of the AquaSun Coating in Seawater and Related Media

Gabriele Scandura, Rosaria Ciriminna, Lütfiye Ylldlz Ozer, Francesco Meneguzzo, Giovanni Palmisano, Mario Pagliaro

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Abstract

Prolonged testing of the new xerogel photocatalytic coating AquaSun applied to a surface probe immersed in ocean water irradiated with simulated solar radiation shows excellent action against biofouling. Activated by moderate solar radiation, the organosilica film has also good antimicrobial properties. Considering the high stability, the environmental footprint, and the low cost of this sol-gel marine coating, the technology has significant potential toward replacing conventional antifouling and foul-release coatings with a single product of broad applicability.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)7568-7575
Number of pages8
JournalACS Omega
Volume2
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Nov 2017

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