Antifouling Agent Release from Marine Coatings - Ion Pair Formation/Dissolution for Controlled Release
Journal article, 2006

In marine coatings, the ability to sustain constant release of antifouling agents (AFA(s)) over a long period of time has become increasingly important. One efficient approach to prevent that diffusion depletes the paint film's antifouling activity is to adsorb the AFA strongly to a specie with low translational mobility, such as a high molecular weight polymer. Therefore, the AFA, Medetomidine, was adsorbed onto a sulfonated polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polystyrene (SDPS) generating a Medetomidine-SDPS ion pair in an organic solvent. The interaction was investigated by 1 H NMR in butanol (BuOH-d 10 ) and on solid surfaces by the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring technique (QCM-D) in two different solvents, seawater and o-xylene. From the NMR studies in butanol (BuOH-d 10 ), a strong interaction between Medetomidine and SDPS was observed. From the QCM-D measurements, differences in affinity between Medetomidine and the SDPS was observed when changing from seawater to o-xylene. In seawater, the interaction was weak and displayed a large degree of reversibility compared to in o-xylene, where the interaction was strong and almost irreversible. Different swelling behaviour was also observed at the solid surfaces depending on the solvent used with o-xylene exhibiting the largest swelling of the polymer layer. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.



Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Camilla Fant

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Applied Surface Chemistry

Magnus Nydén

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Progress in Organic Coatings

0300-9440 (ISSN)

Vol. 57 4 376-382

Subject Categories

Chemical Sciences



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