Nature-inspired: new technology could revolutionise ship hull cleaning

Not only can fouling slow ships down, it can also reduce fuel efficiency as vessels need to burn more fuel.



  • Algae on a ships hull can cause lost profits but anti-fouling paint can cause environmental damage
  • an active polymer coating can dislodge unwanted bacteria
  • Duke University engineer Xuanhe Zhao
  • green algae can infest ships hulls