We are a specialized independent test institute with years of experience in the efficacy testing of innovative, biocide-free and biocide-based antifouling systems, e.g. for shipping, offshore structures, and port constructions. Our experienced team performs static and dynamic field tests at our test stations on the island of Norderney. Our program also includes testing on vessels.

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We are experts in the propagation and characterization of various biofilm species. We also test products and processes to determine how effectively they prevent or reduce biofilm formation, for example in water-based systems, maritime biofilms, and biofilms in wounds.

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Biocorrosion & Material Testing

We are experts in experiments that use specialized test methods to investigate the biocorrosion of various materials such as concrete and steel. We test sediments to determine the risk of microbially induced corrosion and conduct material tests of concrete compounds in cooperation with the Frauenhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT. The services we offer also include damage clarification to determine whether the corrosion was microbially induced.

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Research projects

Our experts are involved in various research projects. You will find an overview of these here.

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Who we are

Our Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion offers unparalleled expertise in the investigation of antifouling products and microbially induced corrosion (MIC) in maritime and limnic environments. In addition, we offer comprehensive studies on microbial biofilms in our S2 laboratories.

We investigate the efficacy of antifouling systems for ships, recreational vessels, harbor structures and offshore structures at our own test stations on the island of Norderney and in cooperation with partners all over the world.

We test mortar and concrete to determine how resistant they are to biogenic sulphuric acid corrosion. In addition, we test sediments and other substances to determine MIC risks and calculate corrosion speeds.

Using static and dynamic bioreactors, we investigate biofilm formation, inhibition and removal. We perform testing of functionalized surfaces and microbicides. In addition, we perform resistance testing against antibiotics.

Our range of methods includes classical microbiological and molecular biological methods for the identification and quantification of microorganisms as well as bioactivity measurements, chemical-physical measurement techniques, and various microscopic analyses.