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SWITCHABLE ANTIFOULING COATINGS AND USES THEREOF

United States Patent Application

20170226350
A1
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The present invention relates to antifouling coatings capable of being switched by using heat or ultraviolet light. Prior to switching, the coating includes an onium cation component having antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Upon switching, the coating is converted to a conjugated polymer state, and the cationic component is released with any adsorbed biofilm layer. Thus, the coatings herein have switchable and releasable properties. Methods of making and using such coatings are also described.
Denton, Michele L. Baca (Bosque, NM), Dirk, Shawn M. (Albuquerque, NM), Johnson, Ross Stefan (Wilmington, DE)
15/ 407,164
January 16, 2017
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0002] This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention.