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Tribology
Gordon Research Conference

Challenges at the Buried Interface

Dates

June 27 - July 2, 2010

Location

Colby College
Waterville, ME

Organizers

Chair:
Mark O. Robbins

Vice Chair:
Alfons Fischer

Meeting Description

Tribology is the study of interacting surfaces in relative motion and encompasses the fields of friction, lubrication and wear. It impacts nearly every aspect of our daily lives and is essential to technological applications with moving parts. Tribology is by nature a highly interdisciplinary field. Researchers address atomic interactions at sliding interfaces and earthquake dynamics on tectonic faults. Applications include improving car engines, hip joints and cosmetics, shrinking devices to micrometer and nanometer scales, and expanding the range of temperatures, speeds, and chemical environments where devices operate. The Gordon Conference on Tribology has a long tradition of bringing together researchers with a wide range of backgrounds, techniques, and applications for lively discussions and exchange of new ideas on how to address the complex problems tribology presents.

Many of the great challenges in tribology require an improved understanding of the buried interface that transmits forces between sliding solids. The chemistry and geometry of bearing surfaces and any lubricant between them play a critical role in friction and wear, but are difficult to access experimentally and evolve with time and sliding distance. The 2010 Gordon Research Conference will highlight cutting-edge experiments, theories and computer simulations that reveal new information about the buried interface and its relation to friction, lubrication and wear. Talks will also address methods for controlling and optimizing interfacial properties and lubricants, including strategies used by biological organisms and in medical applications. Invited speakers will represent the forefront of fundamental and applied research in a wide range of disciplines at universities, government laboratories and industrial laboratories. Their presentations will be complemented by lively interactions through programmed discussion sessions, poster sessions and informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings. These forums will facilitate cross-fertilization between fields and exchange of new ideas in an open, collegial atmosphere.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmBIOLOGICAL INSPIRATIONS AND APPLICATIONS
Discussion Leader: Matthias Scherge (Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials)
7:40 pm - 8:15 pm Georges Debregeas (Ecole Normale Supérieure)
"Stress Fluctuations in Sliding of Textured Objects and the Sense of Touch"
8:15 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:10 pm Aiguo Wang (Stryker Orthopaedics)
"Opportunities and Challenges in Joint Replacement Tribology"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSHINING A LIGHT ON BURIED INTERFACES
Discussion Leader: Thomas Scharf (University of North Texas)
9:00 am - 9:35 am Jay Fineberg (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
"Slipping and Sliding: Rules of the Road from Local to Global"
9:35 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:05 am Kathryn Wahl (Naval Research Laboratory)
"Probing Buried Interface Chemistry with Linear Spectroscopies"
11:05 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:05 pm Ali Dhinojwala (The University of Akron)
"The Use of Nonlinear Optics to Probe Buried Interfaces"
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmGroup Photo / Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmJOINT TRIBOLOGY
Discussion Leader: Philippa Cann (Imperial College London)
7:30 pm - 8:05 pm Anne Neville (University of Leeds)
"Biotribocorrosion - Understanding Tribology, Corrosion and Their Interactions in Joint Replacements"
8:05 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pm Robert J. Wood (University of Southampton)
"Micro and nano-scale abrasion-corrosion of surfaces"
9:05 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:45 pm Poster Session I (continued) / Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCONNECTING FRICTION TO ATOMIC STRUCTURE
Discussion Leader: Ashlie Martini (Purdue University)
9:00 am - 9:35 am Robert Carpick (University of Pennsylvania)
"From Atomic Membranes To Molecular Adsorbates: How Interfacial Atomic Structure Influences Nanotribology"
9:35 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:05 am Roland Bennewitz (Leibniz Institute for New Materials)
11:05 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:05 pm Somuri Prasad (Sandia National Laboratory)
"The Influence of Crystallography and Nanostructures on Metallic Friction"
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmTHIRD BODIES, LARGE AND SMALL
Discussion Leader: Michael Urbakh (Tel Aviv University)
7:30 pm - 8:05 pm Chris Marone (Pennsylvania State University)
"Friction in Fault Gouge"
8:05 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pm Mathieu Renouf (Université de Lyon)
"Advances in Third Body Modeling"
9:05 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:45 pm Poster Session II (continued) / Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMONITORING CHANGES AT THE BURIED INTERFACE
Discussion Leader: Irwin Singer (Naval Research Laboratory)
9:00 am - 9:35 am Martin Dienwiebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
"In-Situ Analysis of Lubricated Tribosystems"
9:35 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:05 am Jean-Michel Martin (Ecole Centrale de Lyon)
"Tribochemistry With Selected Gases and Surfaces: Toward In-Situ Analysis"
11:05 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:05 pm Martin Müser (Universitat des Saarlandes)
"Visualization of Wear Mechanisms with a New Gold Marker Technique"
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session III
6:00 pmDinner
7:15 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting, Part I
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCOATING STRATEGIES AND PROPERTIES
Discussion Leader: Judith Harrison (U.S. Naval Academy)
7:30 pm - 8:05 pm Ali Erdimir (Argonne National Laboratory)
"Design of Novel Nanocomposite Coatings for Severe Tribological Applications"
8:05 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pm Izabela Szlufarska (University of Wisconsin)
"Toward Molecular-Level Understanding of the Relationships Between Microstructure and Wear"
9:05 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:45 pm Poster Session III (continued) / Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting, Part II
(Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLUBRICATION STRATEGIES AND MECHANISMS
Discussion Leader: Staffan Jacobson (Uppsala University)
9:00 am - 9:35 am Izhak Etsion (Technion)
"The Impact of Surface Texturing on Tribology"
9:35 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:05 am Nicholas Spencer (ETH Zurich)
"Making Surfaces Slippery with Polymer Monolayers"
11:05 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:05 pm Susan Sinnott (University of Florida)
"Atomistic Insights into MoS2 Tribology"
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSPACE TRIBOLOGY
Discussion Leader: Alfons Fischer (University Duisburg-Essen)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm W. Gregory Sawyer (University of Florida)
"The Final Frontier"
8:15 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion
8:40 pm - 9:00 pm Mark Robbins and Alfons Fischer
"Forward into 2012"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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