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Nanoscale Effects in Tribology NET 2011 Meeting

Date: Monday 20th June 2011
Place: Mappin Hall, Mappin Street, The University of Sheffield, UK

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Nanoscale Effects in Tribology

There are currently many exciting new developments occurring in tribological materials, which depend on processes occurring at the nanoscale.

The invention of new nanostructured materials with designed tribological performance, and enhanced nanoscale understanding of 'old' tribological materials, are being facilitated by many new technologies becoming available to analyze friction, lubrication and wear.

This meeting will address the advances occurring in nanoscale tribology, providing attendees the opportunity to network, and discuss trends and future developments.


Nanofactory (Yorkshire) sponsorship enabled us to offer student rate (40) attendance to delegates from Yorkshire SMEs.

Registration for this event is now Closed


Mappin Hall is located within the Sir Frederick Mappin Building, Faculty of Engineering, Mappin Street, The University of Sheffield, U.K. S1 3JD - See Map

Easy access is by Supertram (blue line, stop West Street) from Sheffield train station. There is also a large car-park located on adjacent Portobello Street.

Speakers included:

  • Max Groenendijk, Lightmotif B.V., Holland
    "Engineered surfaces machined by ultrashort pulsed lasers and their applications"
  • Fabrice Dassenoy, Lyon, France
    "Tribological Properties and Lubrication Mechanisms of Nanoparticles"
  • Allan Matthews, A Leyland, Sheffield University
    "Optimising tribocontact performance using nanocomposite coatings"
  • MS Bobji, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
    "In-situ analysis of wear particles and nanocontacts"
  • Hidetsugu Tanaka, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Japan
    "Lubricant impact on ~1nm head/disk interface spacing of Hard disk drives"
  • Ardian Morina, iETSI, University of Leeds
    "Lubricant tribofilm nanostructure and its effect on macroscale friction and wear performance"
  • John Walker, NCATS, University of Southampton
    "Fe nano-particle coatings for enhanced running-in wear resistance"
  • Aiden Lockwood, NanoLAB, Sheffield University
    "Dynamical mechanics and tribology of liquid nanodroplets"
  • Beverley Inkson, NanoLAB, Sheffield University
    "Dynamical nanotribology of amorphous carbon"
  • Thomas Reddyhoff, Imperial College
    "Fluid Lubrication of MEMS"
  • Ben Beake, Micro Materials Ltd, UK
    "Innovative high temperature nanoindentation and microtribology to 750°C"
  • Mohammad Sakhawat Hussain
    "An electron microscopic evaluation of the formation of nano-crystalline Ni by high speed electroforming"

Topics included the synergistic areas of:

  • Wear-resistant nanomaterials
  • Nanostructured tribological coatings
  • Nanoparticles for tribology and lubrication
  • Surface texturing and patterning for tribology
  • Low energy tribology
  • Tribo-bio-nano for healthcare
  • Tribology of functional devices
  • Dynamical mechanisms of friction, lubrication and wear
  • New methodologies/instrumentation for evaluating tribology at the micro/nano-scale

Sponsors Included:

  • Sheffield NanoLAB
  • The EPSRC Basic Technology Programme
  • The IOP : Tribology Group
  • The IOM3 : Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Committee
  • Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Nanofactory