April 14, 2014

One of the aims of AT~SEA is to develop advanced coatings to improve the fixation and the growth of the juvenile seaweeds on textile structures prior to harvest. Devan, together with Centexbel, has developed a bio-sourced coating which enhances both the adhesion of the juvenile seaweeds on textile substrates and the controlled release of the nutrients needed during the growing phase. The nutrients have been carefully selected by the AT~SEA seaweed specialists.
Beside the assay of the growth speed, adhesion is an important parameter under investigation. Therefore, to increase understanding, the bio-mechanics of adhesion has been examined via microscale level of inspection.