SEARCH

SEARCH BY CITATION

Keywords:

  • electro-cratering instability;
  • biofilms;
  • dynamic elastomers;
  • pneumatic simulations;
  • adhesion strength
Thumbnail image of graphical abstract

Dynamic change of the surface area and topology of elastomers is used as a general, environmentally friendly approach for effectively detaching micro- and macro-fouling organisms adhered on the elastomer surfaces. Deformation of elastomer surfaces under electrical or pneumatic actuation can debond various biofilms and barnacles. The bio-inspired dynamic surfaces can be fabricated over large areas through simple and practical processes. This new mechanism is complementary with existing materials and methods for biofouling control.