Canada-based Graphene Innovation & Technologies (GIT) has recently announced been its participation in a Nova Scotia Business (NSBI) Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program with Centre for Water Resource Studies at Dalhousie University. The program will facilitate comprehensive research into using multilayer graphene in protective coatings for marine-based applications.
The goal of this collaboration is to investigate environmentally friendly alternatives to marine anti-fouling coatings, many of which function by releasing potentially harmful copper oxide particles into the ocean. The team has begun an extensive research project comparing the performance of GIT’s GrapheneCoat™ formulations against conventional anti-fouling coatings. Sensitive testing is being used to finely monitor the growth rates of microorganisms on the coated samples.