Low-toxic cost-efficient environment-friendly antifouling materials (BYEFOULING)
Research Project , 2013 – 2017

The BYEFOULING project will address high volume production of low toxic and environmentally friendly antifouling coatings for mobile and stationary maritime applications. The technology will fulfil the coating requirements as a result of the incorporation of novel antifouling agents and a new set of binders into coating formulations for maritime transportation and fishing vessels, floating devices and aquaculture.The main vision of BYEFOULING is to provide the means for industrial, cost-effective and robust manufacturing of antifouling coatings in Europe, where SMEs are both coating components developers and production technology providers. A set of procedures, guidelines and fabrication tools will be developed, enabling short time to market for new coating concepts.The main goal of BYEFOULING is to design, develop and upscale antifouling coatings with enhanced performance compared to current available products. The approach in BYEFOULING is to tackle the different stages of the biofouling process using innovative antifouling agents, covering surface-structured materials, protein adsorption inhibitors, quorum sensing inhibitors, natural biocides and microorganisms with antifouling properties. Encapsulation of the innovative compounds in smart nanostructured materials will be implemented to optimize coating performance and cost all along their life cycle. A proof-of-concept for the most promising candidates will be developed and demonstrators will be produced and tested on fields.BYEFOULING will combine a multidisciplinary leading research team from 11 European countries, which are already acting worldwide in the scientific community, with highly relevant and skilled technological partners, to build a consortium able to develop a full production line for antifouling coatings in Europe. Readily available low toxic and cost-effective antifouling coatings will increase the efficiency of maritime industry and be the enabling technology to realize new products.


Valery Chernoray (contact)

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Fluid Dynamics

Meisam Farzaneh

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Fluid Dynamics

Bercelay Niebles Atencio

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Fluid Dynamics



Alcobendans Madrid, Spain


Mosta, Malta


Donostia - San Sebastian, Spain


Sandefjord, Norway


Basel, Switzerland

Materia Nova

Mons-Bergen, Belgium

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Athens, Greece

Norsk Marinteknisk Forskningsinstitutt

Trondheim, Norway


Zelzate, Belgium


Berlin, Germany


Trondheim, Norway

Smallmatek (SMT)

Aveiro, Portugal

Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv, Israel

Universidade de Santiagode Compostela

Santiago De Compostela, Spain

Universite de Mons

Mons, Belgium

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom


Derio, Spain


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/FP7/612717
Funding Chalmers participation during 2013–2017

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