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Greco, G,Lanero, TS,Torrassa, S,Young, R,Vassalli, M,Cavaliere, A,Rolandi, R,Pelucchi, E,Faimali, M,Davenport, J
2013
July
Journal Of The Royal Society Interface
Microtopography of the eye surface of the crab Carcinus maenas: an atomic force microscope study suggesting a possible antifouling potential
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antifouling biomimetic atomic force microscopy crustaceans eye Carcinus maenas MYTILUS-GALLOPROVINCIALIS BIOINSPIRED SURFACES INVERTEBRATE LARVAE SETTLEMENT WETTABILITY MARINE ATTACHMENT TOPOGRAPHIES ACCUMULATION STRATEGIES
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Marine biofouling causes problems for technologies based on the sea, including ships, power plants and marine sensors. Several antifouling techniques have been applied to marine sensors, but most of these methodologies are environmentally unfriendly or ineffective. Bioinspiration, seeking guidance from natural solutions, is a promising approach to antifouling. Here, the eye of the green crab Carcinus maenas was regarded as a marine sensor model and its surface characterized by means of atomic force microscopy. Engineered surface micro-and nanotopography is a new mechanism found to limit biofouling, promising an effective solution with much reduced environmental impact. Besides giving a new insight into the morphology of C. maenas eye and its characterization, our study indicates that the eye surface probably has antifouling/fouling-release potential. Furthermore, the topographical features of the surface may influence the wettability properties of the structure and its interaction with organic molecules. Results indicate that the eye surface micro-and nanotopography may lead to bioinspired solutions to antifouling protection.
10.1098/rsif.2013.0122
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