A Literature Review of Antifouling Surfaces and Treatments for Long-term Synergistic Biofilm Control



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2020 International Conference on Environmental Systems


Biofilm prevention and control are needed for spacecraft water storage and distribution systems for long duration exploration missions. One way of preventing biofilm formation involves the use of surface treatments. However, antifouling surfaces have a limited lifespan because microbes alter the surface properties and reduce their antifouling function over time. Surface treatment requires a maintenance strategy to extend the lifespan of the antifouling surface. This study aims to give an overview of state-of-the-art technologies for antifouling and maintenance methods that can be considered when developing Synergistic Biofilm Control (SyBiCo) method for spacecraft water systems.


Angie Diaz, Amentum, US
Wenyan Li, Amentum, US
Tesia Irwin, The Bionetics Corporation, US
Luz Calle, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, US
Michael Callahan, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA
ICES303: Physio-Chemical Life Support- Water Recovery & Management Systems- Technology and Process Development
The proceedings for the 2020 International Conference on Environmental Systems were published from July 31, 2020. The technical papers were not presented in person due to the inability to hold the event as scheduled in Lisbon, Portugal because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.


Surface, Treatment, Synergistic, Disinfection