New perspectives in marine anti-fouling research

November 12, 2009

Marine biofouling continues to pose problems for the shipping industry and for the environment. On 19 November international researchers and paint manufacturers will gather in Gothenburg to present the latest innovations in the hunt for environmentally friendly anti-fouling paints.

Marine biofouling is very costly to commercial shipping, causing increased fuel consumption and more expensive maintenance. With ninety-five per cent of the world's commercial shipping still relying on chemical, environmentally hazardous countermeasures, the environment is the greatest loser.

International conference

The conference New Perspectives in Marine Anti-Fouling Research, arranged at the University of Gothenburg, brings the dominant international paint manufacturers and representatives of the shipping industry together with some of the world's leading anti-fouling researchers:

Hans Elwing, Professor of Interface Biophysics at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and Head of the Surface Biotechnology Laboratory, has been conducting research on the interface between artificial surfaces and live tissue for many years. At the conference he will describe the discovery of the PSI effect, a new principle for the development of low-emission anti-fouling paints.

US NavyTime: 19-20 November 2009
Place: Novotel, Klippan, Gothenburg
Programme: presentations from 09.30, for further information please see http://www.cmb.gu.se/Aktuellt/Aktuellt+Detalj/?eventId=1768017508
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University of Gothenburg

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