corrosion inhibition on metal surfaces

New biocoating for corrosion inhibition in metal surfaces

The main objective of the project is the development of an innovative biomimetic and eco-efficient environmental technology for inhibiting microbial induced corrosion (MIC) produced by biofouling through the integration of microorganisms in a sol-gel coating for metal surfaces of civil engineering structures in marine and terrestrial environments such as highway bridges, gas and liquid transmission pipelines, waterways and ports, airports and railroads.

Project objectives:

The scientific and technical objectives are:

  • Selection and production of the antifouling compounds to include in the Sol-gel matrix: identification and evaluation of microorganism induced corrosion and antifouling compounds (AF) and microorganism anti-MIC.
  • Design and production of the anti-fouling coating: Synthesis and production of sol-gel matrix compatible with the AF microorganism selected, integration of the selected AF microorganism and design of the final coating solution.
  • Analysis of the environmental aspects of the biomimetic antifouling coating: life cycle and life cost analysis.
  • Demonstration and validation of the coating in three scenarios with different climatic condition: evaluation of the coating performance and identification of possible drawbacks of the technology.
  • Dissemination and exploitation of the technology developed: identification of the market opportunities and establishment of the business strategy.


01/03/2012- 01/09/2015


ACCIONA: 997,500.00 €

Total: 4.045,875.44 €


  • ACCIONA Infraestructuras S.A.
  • Bioprosperity Symbouloi Epikheironepe
  • Ingg. F.&.R. Girardi Costruzioni Civili ed Industriali S.P.A
  • Gruppo CSA SPA
  • Institut za Fizikalno Biologijo d.o.o.
  • Asociacion de Investigacion Inbiotec, Instituto de Biotechnologia de Leon
  • Sviluppo Tecnologie e Ricerca per L'edilizia Sismicamente Sicura ed Ecosostenibile Scarl
  • Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg
  • Van Loon Chemical Innovations BV

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