Dr. Brill + Partner News Center
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April 2, 2022
Research project for biocide-free antifouling products
On behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion of Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH has worked on a research project in cooperation with Hydrotox GmbH to develop award criteria for an eco-label (Blue Angel) for biocide-free antifouling products. These award criteria can now be found online on the UBA website: https://www.blauer-engel.de/de/zertifizierung/vergabekriterien#UZ221-2022. Our colleagues on Norderney will be pleased to assist with the necessary efficacy tests.
March 9, 2022
New location - Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion
Our Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion on Norderney has changed the location at the Norderney harbor by a few hundred meters. The new address is: Am Hafen 6, DE - 26548 Norderney. The colleagues can now keep an eye on the ship traffic but also on the test objects at any time and are even closer to the fresh seawater for tests in the aquariums or for the current development of the "Mini-RotoMarin".
February 21, 2022
Storm surge at Norderney site
The storm surge Zeynep has raged in the night from Friday (18.02.22) to Saturday also on Norderney and caused a high water of 2.28 m. Our premises remained undamaged, only our garage was under water. On the video you can see our new location in the background and at the lifeboat one of our storage pontoons. However, pontoon and test plates were well moored and survived the storm well.
January 28, 2022
DAkkS accredits Dr. Brill's Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion!
We are pleased and proud to announce that the Dr. Brill Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion has been accredited by the German Accreditation Body DAkkS according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 for its antifouling tests at the Norderney site since January 2022. We are thus the first institute in Europe whose already known competence has now also officially proven its expertise through the state competence determination procedure. Here you will find the certificate confirming this and the procedures for which our institute has been accredited. These are static and dynamic tests in Rotomarin® of biocide-free and biocide-containing antifouling systems for ships, harbor and offshore structures, as well as the barnacle quick test developed by us. With the accreditation, our customers can now be sure that our data will find international recognition e.g. in approval processes or also the upcoming Blue Angel for environmentally friendly antifouling products. The team on site around Bernd Daehne has done an excellent job in close cooperation with the QM team to reach this milestone. If you have any questions about this or would like to request a quote, our familiar contacts are available to help. Here you can find an overview of our other certificates.
January 25, 2022
Dr. Brill opens modern S2 molecular biology laboratory
With the recruitment of the new laboratory manager Dr. Mashal Alawi as of April 1, 2021, we have gained a proven expert in the molecular biological analysis of environmental and human samples. He immediately established a molecular biology laboratory in the S2 area in Bremen with his new team. Now we are ready to offer comprehensive services. These are e.g. microbiome analyses using Next-Generation Sequencing techniques (NGS), identification of microorganisms and viruses (metagenomes and sangers) and quantification of microorganisms and fungi by quantitative PCR (qPCR). Applications of the methods are in the business areas of cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, biocorrosion and biofilm formation. Details can be found under "Molecular Biology".
December 16, 2021
New exposure site in Israel
Since December 2021 the Institute for Antifouling + Biocorrosion has a new location for simulated field tests in the Red Sea. With the collaboration of the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat (Israel) of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, test panels can be immersed statically and inspected monthly. The Red Sea is known as a famous destination for divers and the most northerly coral reef with a stunningly diverse marine life. Thus it is very suitable for antifouling testing in summer and winter.
October 3, 2021
International Coastal Cleanup 2021
On September 24, the Norderney team of Dr. Brill + Partner participated in a beach cleanup for this year's "International Coastal Cleanup" organized by BUND (Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland). This is the largest voluntary marine conservation campaign in the world and took place in over 100 countries worldwide. With the help of two school classes of the seventh grade of the KGS Norderney, trash was collected for one morning in the national park at the beaches in the east of Norderney. The Brill employees also acted as leaders of the small groups of students. Against the background of the current discussion about plastic and microplastics in the sea, Dr. Brill and his Norderney team wanted to get actively involved. The campaign was a complete success: A lot of trash was collected and the Norderney school cohort was sensitized to this issue!
September 15, 2021
ROBUST - Integrated Coating & Cleaning Concept for Offshore Structures
From 30.08.2021 to 01.09.2021, the Hull Performance & Insight Conference (HullPIC) and the PortPIC took place in Pontignano, Italy. The PortPIC conference focused on presentations and discussion panels on the topics of cleaning and grooming of ship hulls. There is an emerging trend towards gentle intermediate cleaning of ships with biocide-containing antifouling coatings at relatively short intervals in order to reduce frictional resistance and thus fuel costs and CO2 emissions. At the same time, however, the top layer (approx. 10 µm) of the antifouling is removed in the process, causing biocides and microplastics to be discharged into the waters and reducing the duration of the coating's effectiveness. Such a process would therefore also not be permitted in German territorial waters. Bernd Daehne from our Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion gave a presentation at the conference entitled: "ROBUST: Integrated Coating & Cleaning Concept for Offshore Structures". It was the only presentation dealing with a cleaning of non-biocidal coatings developed by the project partners Fraunhofer IFAM and Momentive Performance Materials. You can find the presentation and the conference proceedings HERE.
August 24, 2021
6th Hull Performance & Insight Conference (HullPIC)
From 30th Aug. 2021 to 01st Sept. 2021, the Hull Performance & Insight Conference (HullPIC) will be held in Pontignano, Italy. The conference will focus on presentations and discussion sessions on the following topics: ISO 19030 and beyond sensor technology human factors in reporting & understanding performance information fusion big data uncertainty analysis hydrodynamic models business models cleaning technology coating technology ESDs Bernd Daehne from our Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion will give a presentation entitled: "ROBUST: Integrated Coating & Cleaning Concept for Offshore Structures" at the conference on 01.09.2021 at 13:55. More information about the conference can be found HERE.
May 14, 2021
Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH is partner laboratory of the School of Life Science at UKE
Every year on August the 1st the training for Biological-Technical Assistant starts at the School of Life Science of the UKE. The two-year training is aimed at anyone with a keen interest in biology and, in particular, in a wide range of laboratory activities. The first 9 months of the training focus on theory. This is followed by a year of gaining practical experience. In 3 internships of 4 months each, the students get the chance to get to know different institutes, such as us, the Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene. very year on August the 1st the training for Biological-Technical Assistant starts at the School of Life Science of the UKE. The two-year training is aimed at anyone with a keen interest in biology and, in particular, in a wide range of laboratory activities. The first 9 months of the training focus on theory. This is followed by a year of gaining practical experience. In 3 internships of 4 months each, the students get the chance to get to know different institutes, such as us, the Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene. Lukas Kuhn completed his training at the School of Life Science of the UKE from 2017 - 2019. At that time, he did his first internship at our institute on Norderney. After his training, Lukas found his way back to us and has been working with us on Norderney ever since. There he is responsible for technology. Lukas keeps existing test stands running, carries out minor repairs and is involved in the development of new test methods and equipment. "The work here on Norderney is special in that every day is different here. You work a lot outside at the harbor and on the beach and are dependent on the weather and tides there. My tasks here are very varied, from evaluating experiments to image processing and manual work. In addition, there is a very pleasant working atmosphere with top colleagues." Applications to the School of Life Science for the training start August 2021 are still possible until May 31. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with all future interns.
March 29, 2021
Neues Forschungsprojekt: HaptoCheck
Development of a standardized test method to evaluate the anti-adhesion properties of surfaces against biofilms on ship hulls. Akronym: HaptoCheck - ZIM-Förderkennzeichen KK5193801KS0 The present project addresses the development of a test method for the adhesive strength of microbial coatings (biofilms) on ship hulls. Biofilms form the first stage of colonization of surfaces and create the basis for macroscopic fouling, which has a negative impact on fuel consumption in shipping. The main focus of the research project is initially to establish series of measurements on the detachment of biofilms from test surfaces as a function of wall shear stress. For this purpose, a laboratory-scale test apparatus will be produced to simulate the sailing speed of ships in practice. On this basis, abiotic model substances are to be developed, with the aid of which the adhesion of microbial surface coatings to antifouling coatings can be simulated in the test apparatus and used to quantify such effects as part of a standardized test procedure. On the basis of the test results, a final evaluation of the effectiveness of such coating systems is to be which should enable developers to optimize the non-stick properties of their products more cost-effectively and effectively. The resulting new test method is a screening test for estimating the effectiveness of antifouling systems. It is a seasonally independent rapid test procedure that will provide paint companies with quick results for further development. The procedure will not be able to replace the later semi-annual open water tests with the promising variants, but it will accelerate the development work of the companies.