PCF contributes to new FOM program on Nanotribology


A new collaborative FOM program on Fundamental Aspects of Friction has recently been approved by FOM. A consortium of eight research groups from Leiden, Delft, Groningen, Amsterdam, Nijmegen, and Twente under the coordination of Prof. Joost Frenken (Leiden) will address the question on how to bridge the gap from idealized individual dry nanoscale tribological contacts to the true practical situation of multiple asperity contacts with elastic and plastic behavior in the presence of lubricants. The PCF group will contribute to this program with a study on Nanolubrication. High resolution Atomic Force Microscopy and Spectroscopy experiments will be performed to study the properties of confined layers of water in contact with novel low friction materials such as graphene and boron nitride.