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ACTIVE MATERIALS FOR PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF FOULED SURFACES

United States Patent Application

20140093572
A1
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A method, composition and structure to treat fouling. In one embodiment, the method of treating fouling includes providing a structure including a first component of a base material and a second component of an energetically activated nanostructure, and applying a stimuli to the structure that effectuates an increase or decrease in the temperature of the energetically activated nanostructure. The increase or decrease in the temperature of the energetically activated nanostructure modifies the chemical and/or mechanical properties of the base material. The modifications to the chemical and/or mechanical properties of the base material obstruct fouling of the structure.
Doktycz, Mitchel J. (Knoxville, TN), Allison, David P. (Lenoir City, TN), Barnett, Charles F. (Knoxville, TN), Retterer, Scott T. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-BATTELLE, LLC (Oak Ridge TN)
14/ 114,797
May 4, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC. The U.S. government has certain rights in this invention.