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Themed collection Tribology

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Tight-binding quantum chemical molecular dynamics simulations of the low friction mechanism of fluorine-terminated diamond-like carbon films

The strong repulsive interactions at the interface of F-terminated DLC produce its low friction properties under a high contact pressure.

Graphical abstract: Tight-binding quantum chemical molecular dynamics simulations of the low friction mechanism of fluorine-terminated diamond-like carbon films
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Halogen-free pyrrolidinium bis(mandelato)borate ionic liquids: some physicochemical properties and lubrication performance as additives to polyethylene glycol

Friction coefficients for a pyrrolidinium orthoborate ionic liquid as 3 wt% additive in PEG, neat PEG and 5W40.

Graphical abstract: Halogen-free pyrrolidinium bis(mandelato)borate ionic liquids: some physicochemical properties and lubrication performance as additives to polyethylene glycol
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Surface properties of AlCuFeB coatings with focus on resolving tribological issues of nanoimprint lithography

Study of individually prepared AlCuFeB coatings was performed with focus on surface properties desired in nano imprint lithography.

Graphical abstract: Surface properties of AlCuFeB coatings with focus on resolving tribological issues of nanoimprint lithography
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Effects of surface compliance and relaxation on the frictional properties of lamellar materials

We present experimental and theoretical considerations explaining the phenomenon of increasing friction under decreasing normal loads observed in atomic force microscopy scans of mildly oxidized surfaces of lamellar materials.

Graphical abstract: Effects of surface compliance and relaxation on the frictional properties of lamellar materials
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Synthesis of polymeric lubricating films directly at the sliding interface via mechanochemical reactions of allyl alcohols adsorbed from the vapor phase

Friction initially occurs in a vapor environment, during which a triboproduct is formed. This triboproduct lubricates in absence of the vapor for over 30 000 reciprocating cycles.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of polymeric lubricating films directly at the sliding interface via mechanochemical reactions of allyl alcohols adsorbed from the vapor phase
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Hierarchical multiple peeling simulations

We model hierarchical multiple peeling through finite element simulations, quantifying how hierarchy optimizes the strength of the bioinspired attachment.

Graphical abstract: Hierarchical multiple peeling simulations
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Tribological study of hydrolytically stable S-containing alkyl phenylboric esters as lubricant additives

S-containing alkyl phenylboric esters with excellent hydrolytic stability used as lubricant additives.

Graphical abstract: Tribological study of hydrolytically stable S-containing alkyl phenylboric esters as lubricant additives
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Shear and thermal effects in boundary film formation during sliding

The mechanisms for boundary film formation are described for an interface at thermal equilibrium showing thermally dominated growth mechanisms at high temperatures and shear-induced processes at ambient temperatures.

Graphical abstract: Shear and thermal effects in boundary film formation during sliding
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Total internal reflection Raman spectroscopy of poly(alpha-olefin) oils in a lubricated contact

A novel total internal reflection (TIR) Raman tribometer has been used to explore the physiochemical changes associated with shear-thinning in synthetic base oil.

Graphical abstract: Total internal reflection Raman spectroscopy of poly(alpha-olefin) oils in a lubricated contact
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Impact of chain morphology on the lubricity of surface-grafted polysaccharides

The impact of brush-like structure and disorder on the lubricating ability of dextran chains at low and high loads has been investigated by means of AFM.

Graphical abstract: Impact of chain morphology on the lubricity of surface-grafted polysaccharides
From the themed collection: Tribology
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WS2 nanoparticles – potential replacement for ZDDP and friction modifier additives

WS2 nanoparticles possess remarkable tribological and physicochemical properties, which recommend them as potential candidates for replacing problematic additives.

Graphical abstract: WS2 nanoparticles – potential replacement for ZDDP and friction modifier additives
From the themed collection: Tribology
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The tribological behaviour and tribochemical study of B–N type borate esters in rapeseed oil—compound versus salt

The boundary films formed by compound or salt are similar and mainly composed of B2O3.

Graphical abstract: The tribological behaviour and tribochemical study of B–N type borate esters in rapeseed oil—compound versus salt
From the themed collection: Tribology
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The effect of boundary slip on elastohydrodynamic lubrication

Pressure-induced boundary slip in elastohydrodynamic lubrication, on application of an oleophobic coating, is measured by photobleached-fluorescence imaging velocimetry.

Graphical abstract: The effect of boundary slip on elastohydrodynamic lubrication
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Excellent friction-reducing performance of superhydrophobic steel surface in dry sliding

Superhydrophobic micro/nano-engineered steel surfaces with friction-reducing properties were fabricated by the combination of chemical etching and stearic acid coating.

Graphical abstract: Excellent friction-reducing performance of superhydrophobic steel surface in dry sliding
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Development of a BiotriboPOD testing methodology for the wear evaluation of orthopaedic biomaterials

A Biotribo-POD apparatus has been developed, which provides an efficient and reliable methodology for the wear evaluation of orthopaedic biomaterials.

Graphical abstract: Development of a BiotriboPOD testing methodology for the wear evaluation of orthopaedic biomaterials
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Ionic liquids from amino acids: fully green fluid lubricants for various surface contacts

Five ionic liquids have been prepared by simply neutralizing [N4444][OH] with amino acids, which exhibit excellent physicochemical and tribological properties.

Graphical abstract: Ionic liquids from amino acids: fully green fluid lubricants for various surface contacts
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Study on wear behaviour and wear model of nitrile butadiene rubber under water lubricated conditions

The main wear mechanism between the NBR pins and the 1Cr18Ni9Ti stainless steel rubbing pairs is severe adhesion tearing wear under the water-lubricated condition.

Graphical abstract: Study on wear behaviour and wear model of nitrile butadiene rubber under water lubricated conditions
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Friction of aromatic thiol monolayers on silver: SFA and AFM studies of adhesive and non-adhesive contacts

(a) Friction coefficients and (b) critical shear stresses of thiol monolayers on silver, measured with SFA (○) and AFM (red circles).

Graphical abstract: Friction of aromatic thiol monolayers on silver: SFA and AFM studies of adhesive and non-adhesive contacts
From the themed collection: Tribology
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The role of substrate interactions in the modification of surface forces by self-assembled monolayers

Detailed pressure and strain mapping of atomistic contact simulations elucidate the mechanical and tribochemical mechanisms of surface force modification with SAMs.

Graphical abstract: The role of substrate interactions in the modification of surface forces by self-assembled monolayers
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Tribology study of lanthanum-treated graphene oxide thin film on silicon substrate

Low friction coefficient and wear rate of components are crucial for nano-electromechanical-systems.

Graphical abstract: Tribology study of lanthanum-treated graphene oxide thin film on silicon substrate
From the themed collection: Tribology
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Tribological properties of naphthyl phenyl diphosphates as antiwear additive in polyalkylene glycol and polyurea grease for steel/steel contacts at elevated temperature

Naphthyl phenyl diphosphates as high-performance antiwear additive in polyalkylene glycol and polyurea grease for steel/steel contacts at 200 °C.

Graphical abstract: Tribological properties of naphthyl phenyl diphosphates as antiwear additive in polyalkylene glycol and polyurea grease for steel/steel contacts at elevated temperature
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The impact of organic friction modifiers on engine oil tribofilms

Engine oil tribofilms are generated by the simultaneous interaction of organic friction modifiers and ZDDP antiwear additives with the wear track.

Graphical abstract: The impact of organic friction modifiers on engine oil tribofilms
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About this collection

We are pleased to present this RSC Advances themed collection on Tribology. The field of tribology is where chemistry and mechanics meet. It represents a challenging cross-disciplinary arena focusing on the widely recognized problems associated with friction, adhesion and wear that impact a range of materials systems, from machined engine parts, to spacecraft and satellites, to medical implants. Control of friction and wear is also a vital issue for the world economy, playing a major role in energy efficiency. The articles in this collection cover the spectrum of tribology from applied to fundamental, including computational studies. We hope that you find the work presented here an inspiring snapshot of the many fascinating problems and challenges that remain to be explored.

James D. Batteas, Texas A&M University

Graham J. Leggett, University of Sheffield

Scott S. Perry, University of Florida

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