Nanotribology: Tribotronics, ionic liquids and control of surface interactions

Rubén Álvarez Asencio, Emily D. Cranston, Deb Wakeham, Petru Niga, Oliver Werzer, James Sweeney, Florian Hausen, Robert Hayes, Grant B. Webber, Frank Endres, Roland Bennewitz, Nicklas Hjalmarsson, Sergei Glavatskih, Rob Atkin, Mark W. Rutland

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The interfacial ordering of Ionic liquids leads to interesting nanotribological properties as revealed by colloid probe studies. The first of these is the clear correlation between the number of ion pairs trapped in the tribological contact and the friction coefficient displayed. The second is the fact that the surface electrical potential can be used to control the composition of the boundary layer and thus tune the friction. Thirdly, the interfacial ordering appears to significantly affect the fluid dynamics over large distances.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th World Tribology Congress, WTC 2013
EditorsTerenziano Raparelli
PublisherPolitecnico di Torino (DIMEAS)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781634393522
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event5th World Tribology Congress - Torino, Italy
Duration: 8 Sep 201313 Sep 2013


Conference5th World Tribology Congress
Abbreviated titleWTC 2013


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