TU Delft researchers are developing new coatings with unicellular algae, that may prevent corrosion in aluminium airplane structures.
“And here are our pets. Thousands of them.” PhD researcher Paul Denissen is giving a tour through the Novel Aerospace Materials group’s lab, a group that lives up to its name. The ‘pets’ Denissen is referring to are diatoms, a group of unicellular algae. The PhD researcher picks up a little glass container with murky sea water from the windowsill. He and his supervisor, Associate Professor Santiago Garcia, are using the algae to create a revolutionary new kind of corrosion protective coatings.