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Polymetallic Coatings to Control Biofouling in Pipelines Challenges and Potential

    136 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Most of the pipelines used for the transport of various fluids are susceptible to the formation of biofilms, and the undesirable accumulation of microorganisms in pipelines leads to biodeterioration and increases the maintenance cost of the pipelines. This book focuses on nanostructured polymetallic coatings for corrosion and biofouling protection in offshore oil and gas pipelines, marine pipelines, ship structures and port facilities, and corrosion resistance surfaces of several engineered structures. Considering various reasons of biofouling in pipelines that transport crude and refined petroleum, gas, biofuels, and other fluids including sewage, slurry, and water for drinking or irrigation, the underlying mechanism is thoroughly explained. A comparison of various protective techniques is also highlighted for the choice of methods for specific applications.


    • Provides information on biofouling control with broad significance and applicability in various industrial and research areas.
    • Discusses microbially induced corrosion on biofuel transporting pipelines.
    • Includes data from experiments conducted to overcome biofouling and biocorrosion.
    • Gives out particular attention to metallic coatings and environmental considerations.
    • Explores novel technologies preventing biofouling on metallic and polymeric substrates.

    This book is for researchers and graduate students in Coatings and Paints, Microbiology, Bioprocess Engineering, Biotechnology, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, Marine Engineering, Surface and Corrosion Engineering, and Water and Wastewater Treatment.

    1. Biofouling and Biocorrosion

    [Vinita Vishwakarma and K. Gobi Saravanan]

    2. Biofouling in Industrial Water Systems, Membrane Biofouling:

    Assessment and Reduction Strategies

    [Sanghyun Jeong, Nirenkumar Pathak, Gayathri Naidu, and

    Saravanamuthu Vigneswaran]

    3. Biofouling in Oil and Gas/Biofuel Pipelines

    [Dawn S S, Nirmala N, and Vinita Vishwakarma]

    4. Introduction to Surface Coatings

    [K. Gobi Saravanan, A.M. Kamalan Kirubaharan, and

    Vinita Vishwakarma]

    5. Characterization of Surface Coatings

    [K. Gobi Saravanan, A.M. Kamalan Kirubaharan, and

    Vinita Vishwakarma]

    6. Metallic Coatings

    [A. M. Kamalan Kirubaharan, K. Gobi Saravanan, and

    Vinita Vishwakarma]

    7. Ethical Issues and Environmental Safety

    [Vinita Vishwakarma and A. M. Kamalan Kirubaharan]

    8. Future Prospects of the Coating Technology

    [Vinita Vishwakarma and Dawn S S]


    Dr. Vinita Vishwakarma is a Professor (Research) at the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, INDIA. She received her Ph.D from Ranchi University (Ranchi) in 2002 and has since published more than 100 research articles, book chapters and book in the field of Biofouling, Biocorrosion, Thin film, Bioimplants, surface modifications, concrete corrosion, Environment Health and Safety. Her research is focused on the developments of metals and materials to control Biofouling and Biocorrosion. She has received sponsored research projects from various funding of Government of India. She is the member of many professional bodies such as Indian Science Congress Association, Indian Institute of Metals, Indian Women Scientist Association and Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World. She has also edited several proceedings books and is a reviewer in many journals.

    Dr. Dawn S S is a Chemical Engineer and has over 20 years of experience in teaching and research. She is a Professor (Research) and Head in the Centre for Waste Management, a Centre of Excellence for Energy Research. She has made over 50 publications in reputed journals and Conference proceedings. She has written a book entitled Bio & Enzyme Engineering and has authored several book chapters. She is a Consultant and to Wasmanpro Solutions, Chennai and has experience in Environmental Impact Assessment. Waste Management for energy and value-added products recovery, wastewater assessment and treatment are her interests. Biofuels from waste resources and its associated impacts on materials during transportation and storage, organic coatings on metal surfaces are also her focus. She has operated Indian Space Research Organization, Department of Science and Technology and Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India funded projects. She is actively involved in rural women development through Unnat Bharat Abhiyan funded projects by providing skill training for the women for their livelihood.

    Dr. K. Gobi Saravanan is Scientist "C" at the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai. Currently, he is working on biomaterials, surface modification, antimicrobial coatings, corrosion protection of implant materials, bioactive and biocompatibility materials. He has published 25 papers in reputed International Journals, 2 Indian patens and many papers in national/international conferences. In addition, he has attracted funding from various government funding agencies like Department of Biotechnology, Indian Space Research Organization, etc.

    Dr. A. M. Kamalan Kirubaharan is Scientist "C" at Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai. He has research experience in reputed organizations like ISRO, CSIR-CECRI, and IGCAR. His research expertise lies in the field of high temperature coatings, corrosion protection, geopolymer based coatings, thin films, biosensors, phase transformations of materials. He has authored 25 papers in reputed international journals, 7 book chapters and presented his work in many national/international conferences. He has filed 6 Indian patents. He has received 7 research grants from various government funding agencies like, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). He is a reviewer for several reputed international journals. He is a recipient IOP Trusted Reviewer Award 2021.

    Prof. Saravanamuthu Vigneswaran is currently Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia. He obtained his Doctor of Engineering and Dr.Sc from University of Montpellier and University of Toulouse respectively. He is a Fellow of the International Water Association. During the last twenty-five years, he has made significant contributions to the understanding of membrane systems in water reuse, resource recovery and desalination; and sustainable water systems in developing countries. He has several national and international projects in these areas. He obtained over 15 Australian Research Council grants and worked as investigator and work package leader in four EU projects. He served UTS coordinator of several consortiums: Australian National Centre of Excellence for Desalination, Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE). He has published over 350 Journal papers, books and book chapters. He holds several international and national awards, including Google Impact Challenge Technology against Poverty Prize (2017), IWA Development and Global Project Innovation Awards in Research (2019, 2012) and Kamal Fernando mentor Award (2018).

    Dr. Gayathri Naidu obtained her PhD and postdoctoral research fellow from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Her research interest is focused on Water and wastewater treatment, Membrane distillation, Nanoparticles, Seawater Mining, Integrated resource recovery from acid mining water. She worked as an industrial process engineer with Motorola and gained experience as a water and wastewater policy specialist. She is the Member of Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA). She has published more than 40 journal papers and one book chapter to her credits.