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Tribology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Challenges in an Interdisciplinary Field


July 19-20, 2014


Bentley University
Waltham, MA


Stefanie Hanke

Associate Chair:
Xin Liu

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Tribology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

In this first-time GRS on Tribology, the aim is to bring together young tribologists from different fields - from fundamental sciences to engineering - to present their current research topics and openly discuss their results with peers in an interdisciplinary context and in an informal, supportive, participatory atmosphere. As well, a number of invited senior tribologists will give insights into their personal career paths and will be available for questions and discussions about the opportunities and potential challenges that graduates may face at the beginning of their careers - both in academia and industry.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Tribology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmChemistry in Tribology
Discussion Leader: Bianca Bozna (INM - Leibniz-Institute for New Materials, Germany)
3:50 pm - 4:05 pmAlexander Smith (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Molecular Friction Mechanisms Across Monolayer and Bilayer Forming Ionic Liquids"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmElla Shafagh Dehghani (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Multilayer Brush-Gel Systems: Nanostructured Polymeric Coatings with Novel Properties"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmFriction
Discussion Leader: Philip Egberts (University of Calgary, Canada)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmChaima Zouabi (Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France)
"Experimental Study of the Microscopic Origin of the Roughness Noise"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmFlorian Hausen (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Electrochemical Surface Force Balance for Friction Studies"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmBalakrishna Soorali Ganeshamurthy (INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Germany)
"Preferential Sliding Directions on Graphitic Materials"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:30 pmHard Materials and Coatings
Discussion Leader: Nitya Gosvami (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmRichard Waudby (VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland)
"The Empirical Assessment and Modelling of the Impact Wear of Thick Composite Coatings"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmJames Shockley (McGill University, Canada)
"Particle Morphology Effects on the Tribology and Shear Deformation of Cold-Sprayed Al-Al2O3"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmSurojit Gupta (University of North Dakota, USA)
"Current Understanding About the Tribology of MAX Phases and Their Composites"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 10:00 amMentorship Session: Different Pathways for Careers in Tribology
9:00 am - 9:15 amNuria Espallargas (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
"How to Start an Academic Career Right After Your Post Doc? Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Young Scientist"
9:15 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amAndrew Jackson (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Career Opportunities for Tribologists in Industry"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 11:00 amBiotribology
Discussion Leader: Novaf Ozgun (INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Germany)
10:00 am - 10:15 amAxel Moore (University of Delaware, USA)
"Systematic Variation of Material and Tribological Properties of Cartilage in the Bovine Stifle Joint"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amEdward Bonnevie (Cornell University, NY, USA)
"Lubrication Mechanisms of Synovial Fluid Macromolecules: Synergy Between Lubricin and Hyaluronic Acid"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amEmily Hoffman (Northwestern University, IL, USA)
"Man and Machine: The Generation of Parallel Tribolayers"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmContact Mechanics and Topography
Discussion Leader: Kathleen Ryan (United States Naval Academy, MD, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmJorgen Tromborg (University of Oslo, Norway)
"Slow Slip Is a Mechanism for Slow Fronts in the Rupture of Frictional Interfaces"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmJulien Bonaventure (Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France)
"Influence of Roughness on Friction and Lubrication Mechanisms"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmKelvin Wei Siang Ng (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
"Contact Between an Elastic and a Plastically Deforming Surface"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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