Tribology and nanomechanics

Tribological phenomena play a key role in all mechanical systems where interacting surfaces are in relative motion, consuming energy and raw materials, producing CO2 and other contaminants. It is then strategic to study the tribological processes --friction, lubrication and wear--, with the aim of understanding fundamental phenomena and developing novel solutions for industrial applications.

The main topics of SUP&RMAN laboratory at FIM are:

  • Graphene and 2D materials for tribological applications
  • Multiscale surface modifications for the control of friction, wear and wettability
  • Hard coatings and self-lubricant coatings for the reduction of friction, wear and corrosion

We address basic research as well as applied research and technology transfer, often in collaboration with local and national companies interested in developing new high-performance and low-impact products.

Image adapted from J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 11, 9260 (2011).


People: Dr. A. Ballestrazzi, Dr. A. Rota, Prof. S. Valeri; Dr. G. Paolicelli (CNR)

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