Bioinspired surfaces with dynamic topography for active control of biofouling.
Journal Academic Article, Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Dynamic change of the surface area and topology of elastomers is used as a general, environmentally friendly approach for effectively detaching micro- and macro-fouling organisms adhered on the elastomer surfaces. Deformation of elastomer surfaces under electrical or pneumatic actuation can debond various biofilms and barnacles. The bio-inspired dynamic surfaces can be fabricated over large areas through simple and practical processes. This new mechanism is complementary with existing materials and methods for biofouling control.
Shivapooja, P; Wang, Q; Orihuela, B; Rittschof, D; López, GP; Zhao, X
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