Dr Tom Vance is the research and development manager at PML Applications, the trading subsidiary of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. His main focus is on commercial contracts associated with the ballast water and biofouling industry, and supervising students in this field. His research interests are based in biofouling ecology. Following his PhD he was involved in developing non-toxic anti-fouling coatings. In his current role he works with industry to understand the problems and challenges in operating in the marine environment, and introducing new solutions to help make shipping more efficient and make tidal energy a more viable option.
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