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Abstract

A graft tercopolymer CLR-g-(MMA–TBTMA) based on chlorinated rubber as the backbone and binary copolymer of methyl methacrylate and tributyltin methacrylate as grafted chains has been synthesized. This graft copolymer has been used for the formulation of controlled-release antifouling paints, and leaching rate behavior of toxin from such paints has been studied. The data have been compared with those obtained using controlled-release antifouling paint based on linear chain copolymer of methyl methacrylate and tributyltin methacrylate. The paint based on grafted copolymer is characterized by having a lower leaching rate and reduced time for attainment of steady-state leaching. Raft exposure studies indicate longer antifouling life compared to that of linear chain copolymer-based paint both having the same dry paint film thickness.