Tribology: Faraday Discussion 156

2 - 4 April 2012, Southampton, United Kingdom

Tribology is the essential science of all interacting surfaces in relative motion. Tribology affects our lives in many direct ways and is core to future transport and energy efficient machines, the control of emissions and low maintenance renewable energy systems, to the efficacy and performance of joint implants, and the operation of mircoelectromechanical devices.

Faraday Discussion 156 focused on advanced computational and experimental tribology combining multiscale modelling, analytical and experimental techniques to develop a better understanding of tribological processes at the molecular, micro and nano scales and the use of this understanding to link this to micro-system performance as well as predictive models concerned with macro contact.  


Over the last 10 years there have been enormous advances in experimental techniques to study interfaces at the molecular scale (in situ spectroscopies, various scanning probe techniques, applications of synchotron radiation), in studies of the chemical modification of surfaces, and in theoretical and computational approaches (molecular mechanics, density functional theory) to modelling interfaces on the molecular scale. 

The aim of this Discussion was to bring together advances in these diverse aspects, all of which bear directly on the topic of tribology, by providing a forum for discussion between chemists, physicists, theoreticians, engineers and biomedical researchers. 


  • Future lubricated systems 
  • Smart tribological surfaces 
  • Predictive modelling 
  • Biotribology

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Sponsorship & supporting organisations
We would like to thank the following organisations for their support of Faraday Discussion 156.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Advanced Materials for Challenging Environments Knowledge Network
University of Southampton

University of Southampton, University Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

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