Friction and wear measurements are amongst the most important quantities in materials science. Nano Tribometers are designed for bridging the contact pressure gap between conventional Tribometers and friction measurements by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Although the AFM typically applies loads in the nano-Newton range it is often limited in many applications due to the extremely low AFM tip radius which produces too high contact pressures for simulating real conditions.
Many currently established nanoscale tribometers show design imperfections which can significantly limit their practical work capability in many areas of tribological research. In this webinar we describe a novel multipurpose Nano Tribometer which is suited to low pressure tribology.
This webinar will present results of several studies performed on different types of challenging materials, for example: soft biomaterials, graphene, friction and lubrication of polymer brushes in oil and in-situ tribology of hydrated contact lenses. All these applications will illustrate the wide ranging use of the new instrument for high resolution friction and wear measurements.
•Dr. Nicholas X. Randall, PhD, Vice-President at CSM Instruments
Introduction to CSM Instruments Nano Tribometer
•Ms. Alison C. Dunn, University of Florida
Soft contact tribology
•Dr. Lei Li from, University of Pittsburgh
Lubricating graphene with a nanometer-thick perfluoropolyether
•Dr. Nicholas D. Spencer, ETH Zurich
Friction and lubrication of polymer brushes in oil
A live Q & A session will follow the webinar presentation.