HANNOVER MESSE 2019, 01 - 05 April
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Biocorrosion-resistant and environmentally-friendly alternative to anti-fouling paints for ships

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Hall 2, Stand C07



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Research & Technology, Startups

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It is one of the shipping industry’s major problems: marine organisms like barnacles, algae or mussels quickly cover the hulls of ships and damage their paintwork. This so-called “biofouling” increases the ship’s weight and its flow resistance, causing greater fuel consumption and more CO2 emissions. In order to avoid this growth, protective paints are mainly used around the world which contain and release pollutants into the oceans. A research team at Kiel University and Phi-Stone AG, one of its spin-offs located in Kiel, have closely cooperated to develop an environmentally-friendly coating. This coating makes it harder for marine organisms to grow on the hulls and makes cleaning the ships easier. The development combines environmental friendliness with durability, and thus the product does not contain solvents or environmentally-harmful substances, is resistant to biocorrosion, and is easy to clean.


 Dr. Martina Baum

Dr. Martina Baum

research assistent, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

2009 graduated as a Technical Biologist (Diploma degree) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany (diploma thesis “Comparative study of the ultrastructure of the slippery zone in nine carnivorous ...

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