We report on the marine fouling and fouling release effects caused by variations of surface mechanical properties and microtopography of engineering polymers. Polymeric materials were covered with hierarchical micromolded topographical patterns inspired by the shell of the marine decapod crab Myomenippe hardwickii. These micropatterned surfaces were deployed in field static immersion tests. PDMS, polyurethane, and PMMA surfaces with higher elastic modulus and hardness were found to accumulate more fouling and exhibited poor fouling release properties. The results indicate interplay between surface mechanical properties and microtopography on antifouling performance.
Brzozowska, A. M., Maassen, S., Goh Zhi Rong, R., Benke, P. I., Lim, C-S., Marzinelli, E. M., ... Vancso, G. J. (2017). Effect of Variations in Micropatterns and Surface Modulus on Marine Fouling of Engineering Polymers. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 9(20), 17508-17516. . https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.6b14262