Mailport: December 2012
I call your attention to a material called Skarktek. Itís a plastic sheeting embossed with a certain texture (inspired by shark scales) that inhibits bacterial and other growth. Itís being investigated by the Navy for possible marine application. Heard of it?
Puffin, Com-Pac 25
We have heard rumors that some major marine-coatings manufacturers are looking into its application for fighting hull antifouling, but weíre not aware of any products that use the ďshark-skinĒ technology yet. (Bound by non-disclosure agreements, the paint makers would not offer any information on their research.) We believe the Navy-funded research you referenced is being carried out by Anthony Brennan and the Brennan Research Group at the University of Florida (brennan.mse.ufl.edu). Interesting stuff, indeed.
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