D’Sa group wins GCRF fund to work with CSIR-NEERI in India
The challenge to be addressed is the reliability of marine-based renewable energy devices in India. The exposed surfaces of their submerged structures (e.g. wind-turbine sea-platforms, pipelines, water valves and filters) are susceptible to biofilm growth which can hinder efficiency leading to increased costs related to maintenance, corrosion and structure break-down. Currently the most commonly used approach for the eradication of biofilms is through the use of underperforming antimicrobials.
We aim to develop and understand the physical mechanism behind passive antifouling developing new technologies that are robust and efficient. We will investigate surface modification techniques increasing the inherent ability of a surface to prevent bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation.