Print Email Facebook Twitter A brief review of environmentally benign antifouling and foul-release coatings for marine applications Title A brief review of environmentally benign antifouling and foul-release coatings for marine applications Author Buskens, P.J.P. Wouters, M.E.L. Rentrop, C.H.A. Vroon, Z.A.E.P. Publication year 2013 Abstract Antifouling coatings for ship hulls are a very important topic in coating research. They are essential with respect to fuel consumption of ships: without antifouling coating, biological species start to adhere to the ship's exterior, leading to a gradual increase in fuel consumption. To date, the working principle of most of the paint systems applied is based on slow release of toxins in time (self-polishing coatings). In this article, we discuss the environmental impact of marine antifouling coatings based on quantitative data available from literature. In addition, we critically review hydrophilic antifouling and hydrophobic foul-release coatings as toxin-free alternatives and discuss their potential for replacing self-polishing coatings. © 2012 American Coatings Association & Oil and Colour Chemists' Association. Subject Mechatronics, Mechanics & Materials Fluid Mechanics Chemistry & EnergeticsTFT - Thin Film Technology RMC - Responsive Materials & CoatingTS - Technical SciencesHigh Tech Systems & MaterialsMaterialsIndustrial InnovationAntifouling coatingEnvironmentally benignFoul-release coatingSwitchable coatingAntifoulingAntifouling coatingBiological speciesEnvironmentally benignPaint systemsQuantitative dataShip hullSlow releaseSwitchableWorking principlesAntifouling paintEnvironmental impactHulls (ship)Marine applicationsPolishingCoatings To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:e675ea7f-435b-4801-8a81-99a74ab61a07 TNO identifier 470027 ISSN 1547-0091 Source Journal of Coatings Technology Research, 10 (1), 29-36 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.