Graphene-based superlubricity solution for macroscale applications

Diana Berman (1), Ali Erdemir (2) and Anirudha V. Sumant (1| TLT 2016 TFC Abstract Highlights January 2018
1. Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, 60439
2. Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, 60439 


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Tribological systems are an integral part of any moving mechanical assembly, from nanoscale microelectromechanical systems to macroscale automotive and aerospace applications. Minimizing friction and wear-related mechanical failures remains one of the greatest challenges in today’s moving mechanical systems. We have prepared a graphene-based superlubricity solution which, when applied which to the surface of interest during sliding in a dry nitrogen atmosphere, dramatically reduces friction and wear of the system to near-zero values. The phenomenon originates from formation of graphene nanoscrolls, which act as nanoscale ball bearings between the two contact surfaces.