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Bioinspired Surfaces with Dynamic Topography for Active Control of Biofouling

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Phanindhar Shivapooja†, Qiming Wang†, Beatriz Orihuela, Daniel Rittschof, and Gabriel P. López, Xuanhe Zhao

† Equal contribution

Fracture, debonding and instabilities have been commonly regarded as failure modes in engineering systems. Here, we show that the controlled deformation and instability of surfaces can induce effective detachments of various types of biofoulings through fracture and debonding of the fouling organisms. This new mechanism can potentially be used to address biofouling problems across many human endeavors including maritime operations, medicine, food industries, and biotechnology.

Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201203374 (2013);   Supporting Information

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