The 20th International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling

June 16-21, 2024 Guangzhou, China

Session Topics

  • New approaches for fouling control

    Non-coating antifouling methods (cleaning robot, UV, ultrasound, etc.); Smart antifouling materials; Fouling resistant strategy.

  • Advances in fouling release coatings

    Silicone/Fluoro-based coatings and alternatives; Non-elastic fouling release coatings; New approaches and ideas for fouling release solutions;

  • Biocidal antifouling coatings

    Biocidal antifouling coatings and surfaces; Controlled release technology; New polymer binders; New approaches and ideas for antifouling solutions.

  • Biomimetic and bioinspired antifouling strategy 

    Natural and biomimetic antifouling surfaces (textured surface, deformable surface, renewing surface etc.); Natural and biomimetic antifouling products;

  • Novel environmental-friendly antifoulant

    Emerging antifouling compounds; Natural antifoulants; Bioinspired synthetic analogues; Mechanisms of action.

  • New analytical methods for antifouling/anticorrosion

    Lab / field assessment of antifouling / anticorrosive performances; Assessment methods of emerging antifouling / anticorrosive materials; Monitoring strategies for settlement and adhesion of fouling organisms; Microfluidic testing of antifouling and fouling release coatings.

  • Ecotoxicology and risk management

    Biocides and active substances: registration, release rate, efficacy, and impact on non-target organisms; Fate and effects of antifouling or anticorrosive compounds; Risk management; Regulation and policy.

  • Hydrodynamics/dynamic testing

    Ship fuel penalties associated with marine corrosion and/or fouling; Impact of marine corrosion and/or fouling on frictional drag; Dynamic testing of coatings and other material substrates; Characterization of fouling under dynamic conditions.

  • Marine corrosion

    Corrosion mechanism and protection; Cathodic protection systems; Material survivability; Concrete corrosion; Anticorrosive coatings (epoxy, polyurethane, polyurea, etc.); Corrosion inhibitors;

  • Macro and integrative biology

    Biomineralization mechanisms; Impacts of global climate change and ocean acidification; Larval behavior and settlement responses; Comparative assessments of fouling community composition over time and space.

  • Biofilms and microbial fouling

    Marine biofilms; Aquatic microbial ecology; Micro-fouling; Microbial community structure; Bacterial primary colonization; Artificial and living surface colonization; Quorum sensing signaling.

  • Bioadhesion: natural and biomimetic adhesives

    Adhesion mechanisms of macro/micro organisms; Molecular strategies and chemistry of marine adhesives; Bioinformatic approaches to characterize bioadhesives; Recombinant strategies to scale up and study natural adhesives; Larval settlement; Signalling.

  • Microbial induced corrosion

    Microbiological and electrochemical approaches; Mechanisms and kinetics; Innovative methods for prevention; MIC on underwater cultural artifacts (Shipwrecks).

  • Fouling/corrosion in non-shipping applications

    Fouling and corrosion on renewable power installations, desal plants, sensors, fixed platforms in offshore oil / gas, instruments, and aquaculture.

  • Biosecurity/invasive species

    The transport of non-indigenous species via vessel biofouling and their associated impacts; New regulatory and technical developments; Opportunities for regional and international collaboration to strengthen global biofouling management.

  • Ship fouling management 

    Hull grooming (proactive management) and hull cleaning or treatment (reactive management); Science, efficacy, risks, benefits, barriers and opportunities associated with different types of management activities.