Antifouling amphiphilic silicone coatings for dairy fouling mitigation on stainless steel. Academic Article uri icon


  • Pasteurization of dairy products is plagued by fouling, which induces significant economic, environmental and microbiological safety concerns. Herein, an amphiphilic silicone coating was evaluated for its efficacy against fouling by a model dairy fluid in a pilot pasteurizer and against foodborne bacterial adhesion. The coating was formed by modifying an RTV silicone with a PEO-silane amphiphile comprised of a PEO segment and flexible siloxane tether ([(EtO)3Si-(CH2)2-oligodimethylsiloxanem-block-(OCH2CH2)n-OCH3]). Contact angle analysis of the coating revealed that the PEO segments were able to migrate to the aqueous interface. The PEO-modified silicone coating applied to pretreated stainless steel was exceptionally resistant to fouling. After five cycles of pasteurization, these coated substrata were subjected to a standard clean-in-place process and exhibited a minor reduction in fouling resistance in subsequent tests. However, the lack of fouling prior to cleaning indicates that harsh cleaning is not necessary. PEO-modified silicone coatings also showed exceptional resistance to adhesion by foodborne pathogenic bacteria.

published proceedings

  • Biofouling

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Zouaghi, S., Barry, M. E., Bellayer, S., Lyskawa, J., Andr, C., Delaplace, G., Grunlan, M. A., & Jimenez, M.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Zouaghi, Sawsen||Barry, Mikayla E||Bellayer, Séverine||Lyskawa, Joël||André, Christophe||Delaplace, Guillaume||Grunlan, Melissa A||Jimenez, Maude

publication date

  • January 2018