611. WE-Heraeus-Seminar: Mechanisms of Tribology

Mechanisms of Tribology

Tu, 29.03.2016 12:30  –   Fr, 01.04.2016 14:00
Roland Bennewitz (INM Saabrücken), Andre Schirmeisen (U Gießen), Martin Dienwiebel (KIT Karlsruhe)
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Event partner:
Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation
Contact person:
Prof. Dr. Roland Bennewitz,


Aims and Scope

The WE Heraeus Seminars 'Mechanisms of Tribology' is intended to further the exchange between scientists from different areas of tribology. This idea is reflected in the structure of the seminar where a number of invited talks about fundamental principles in tribology are complemented by poster presentations highlighting current topics in tribology. The number of participants is limited to appr. 50, which results in an atmosphere ideal for discussion and personal exchange of ideas.

A large spectrum of tribological problems is covered within the workshop ranging from fundamental single molecule friction experiments up to more applied problems like the tribochemistry of lubrication additives. This diversity of topics goes along with a large variety of experimental and theoretical methods to understand and optimize friction on the nano-, meso- and macro-scale. Among the experimental techniques are approaches like scanning probe microscopy, microtribology, and surface force apparatus experiments whereas theory encompasses e.g. ab-initio methods, molecular dynamics simulations and phenomenological models based on thermodynamics.

To close the gap between fundamental research and application, the seminar does not only address scientists from physics, physical chemistry, biophysics, and material science but also encourages engineers either from research oriented institutes or industry to participate.

The seminar will be completely funded and locally organized by the 'Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation'. For accepted participants free board and lodging will be supplied by the 'WE Heraeus-Foundation'.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

• Sissi de Beer, University of Twente
Unraveling and eliminating dissipation mechanisms in polymer brush friction
• Wilfred Tysoe, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Understanding shear-induced surface tribochemical reactions
• Susan Perkin, University of Oxford
Molecular insights into the shearing mechanisms of boundary films
• Rosa Espinosa-Marzal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ionic-liquid mediated lubrication in the presence of heterogeneities
• Ernst Meyer, Universität Basel
Friction experiments with single molecules
• Laurence Marks, Northwestern University
Friction in full view
• Dirk Dietzel, Universität Giessen
Ageing mechanisms of nanoparticles on flat surfaces
• Maria-Isabel De Barros Bouchet, Ecole Central de Lyon
Tribochemistry of lubrication additives
• Martin Müser, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Time-dependent contact mechanics and dissipation. Which depths matter?
• Enrico Gnecco, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Ripples & ripples: an interesting scenario for nanolithography and nanomanipulation experiments
• Jean-Francois Molinari, École Federale Polytechnique Lausanne
Wear across scales: from atom by atom removal to debris formation
• Maria Clelia Righi, CNR Nano Modena
Ab initio investigation of tribochemistry mechanisms in solid and boundary lubrication
• Michael Moseler, IWM Fraunhofer Institut Freiburg
Tribology and materials science in atomistic simulations
• Nuria Espallargas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Effects of surface oxides on friction of metals and ceramic-metallic materials
• Daniel Bonn, University of Amsterdam
Direct visualization of the real contact area in sliding friction: a test of Amontons friction laws
• Roberto Guerra, SISSA Trieste
Frictional mechanisms in telescopic sliding of multi-wall h-Bn and Carbon nanotubes