Antifouling Paint (IMAGE) Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz Caption Commercially available antifouling paint (hard and soft formulation) with and without cerium dioxide nanoparticles was applied to stainless steel plates. Several control plates (stainless steel, native paint formulations and paint formulations with copper oxide) are displayed as well. The plates were attached statically to a boat bridge with direct exposure to fresh water. After 52 days, the control plates without cerium dioxide nanoparticles showed heavy fouling. In contrast, the plate with the cerium dioxide coating did not. Cu2O, the current gold standard, is added in commercially available coatings with a portion by weight of up to 50 percent. Credit photo/©: Tremel research group, JGU Usage Restrictions This image may only be used in connection with the press release " Defense mechanism employed by algae can effectively inhibit marine fouling", issued by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz on February 2, 2017. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.