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No Biofouling Surfaces

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 159˙460 €
 EC max contribution 159˙460 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2017-03-31


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 Project objective

Biofilms consist of bacteria, proteins and cells which attached to a solid surface. Prevention of biofilms is of extreme relevance in industry and science as they are ubiquitous and able to provoke corrosion or failure in pipelines, heat exchangers, biomedical devices, artificial implants or food processing facilities. Biofilms are often battled with antibiotics, but bacterial resistance is a major problem. Therefore, novel approaches are required to avoid biofouling. We will explore the application of (1) superamphiphobic coatings, (2) slippery liquid infused porous surfaces and (3) functional pillar arrays surfaces to battle biofouling. These surfaces have in common that they strongly repel water, blood and organic liquids, and even soap-water mixtures due to a synergy between rough topography and a special chemistry. We will monitor and characterize the adhesion of bacteria, proteins and cells to these surfaces depended on shape, size and chemical of composition of the surface and the liquids. Several classical and highly advanced cutting edge methods will be used to investigate the wetting and fouling properties of these surfaces, especially laser scanning confocal microscopy. In the final steps of the research, we will evaluate the robustness of the surfaces and the biocompatibility in order to establish potential real applications in collaboration with industrial partners. We exert a high impact of this fellowship to the scientific community and the rest of society.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2015 Chen Shi, Xin Cui, Xurui Zhang, Plamen Tchoukov, Qingxia Liu, Noemi Encinas, Maxime Paven, Florian Geyer, Doris Vollmer, Zhenghe Xu, Hans-Jürgen Butt, Hongbo Zeng
Interaction between Air Bubbles and Superhydrophobic Surfaces in Aqueous Solutions
published pages: 7317-7327, ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b01157
Langmuir 31/26 2019-07-24
2017 Matthew A. Hood, Noemí Encinas, Doris Vollmer, Robert Graf, Katharina Landfester, Rafael Muñoz‐Espí
Controlling hydrophobicity of silica nanocapsules prepared from organosilanes
published pages: , ISSN: 0927-7757, DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2017.05.047
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2019-07-24
2016 Lars Schmüser, Noemi Encinas, MAXIME Paven, Daniel J. Graham, David G. Castner, Doris Vollmer, Hans Jürgen Butt, Tobias Weidner
Candle soot-based super-amphiphobic coatings resist protein adsorption
published pages: 31007, ISSN: 1559-4106, DOI: 10.1116/1.4959237
Biointerphases 11/3 2019-07-24
2016 Frank Schellenberger, Noemí Encinas, Doris Vollmer, Hans-Jürgen Butt
How Water Advances on Superhydrophobic Surfaces
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.096101
Physical Review Letters 116/9 2019-07-24
2017 Sanghyuk Wooh, Noemí Encinas, Doris Vollmer, Hans-Jürgen Butt
Stable Hydrophobic Metal-Oxide Photocatalysts via Grafting Polydimethylsiloxane Brush
published pages: 1604637, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201604637
Advanced Materials 29/16 2019-07-24

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