Nature-inspired: new technology could revolutionise ship hull cleaning

The polymer that can prevent fouling on ships’ hulls by twitching, creasing and wrinkling.

  • 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