Research Interests

Analytical Chemistry - Biointerfaces

Our group works on understanding the interaction of marine biofouling organisms and cells with surfaces. We tackle this challenge by advanced surface chemistry, in-situ interface analysis, X-ray imaging, microfluidic adhesion experiments, and 3D tracking.


The biofouling challenge


Biofouling on ship hulls1,2


One major motivation of our group is the control of biofouling. If not controlled it leads to increased drag in the ocean and thus increased fuel costs and CO2 emission. Since the ban of tributyltin containing coatings and restrictions on other toxic substances (e.g. copper or organic biocides), innovative and environmentally friendly solutions are desired1.

We are grateful for financial support:

1.      D. M. Yebra, S. Kiil and K. Dam-Johansen, Progress in Organic Coatings, 2004 , 50, 75-104.

2.      A. Rosenhahn, T. Ederth and M. E. Pettitt, Biointerphases, 2008, 3, IR1-IR5.