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Issue 31, 2014
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Marine anti-biofouling system with poly(ε-caprolactone)/clay composite as carrier of organic antifoulant

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Abstract

We have prepared poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)/clay composites by solution mixing. Our studies demonstrate that such a composite has higher degradation rate in seawater and significantly improved adhesion strength in comparison with PCL because the presence of clay decreases the spherulite size of PCL but slightly changes the crystallinity as revealed by polarizing optical microscope (POM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements. The PCL/clay composite can serve as carrier of antifoulants, in which the antifoulants are uniformly released as PCL degrades. Marine field tests reveal that the PCL/clay/antifoulant system has good anti-biofouling ability due to its property of self-renewal and uniform release of antifoulants.

Graphical abstract: Marine anti-biofouling system with poly(ε-caprolactone)/clay composite as carrier of organic antifoulant

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The article was received on 07 Apr 2014, accepted on 03 Jun 2014 and first published on 06 Jun 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4TB00545G
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014,2, 5100-5106

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    Marine anti-biofouling system with poly(ε-caprolactone)/clay composite as carrier of organic antifoulant

    J. Yao, S. Chen, C. Ma and G. Zhang, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014, 2, 5100
    DOI: 10.1039/C4TB00545G

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