Perfecting Motion: Tribology and the Quest for Sustainability is a new STLE podcast series, hosted by Dr. Neil Canter, STLE Advisor – Technical Programs and Services, that features conversations with leading industry professionals sharing their insights about current issues and trends impacting the global tribology and lubricants community.

Episode 2 | Potential Benefits of Tribochemistry

Contributors: Dr. Neil Canter, STLE Advisor, Technical Programs and Services, Dr. Kuldeep Mistry, Product Development Specialist, The Timken Company, and Dr. Nicolas Argibay, Staff Scientist in the Materials Sciences Center at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories
September 15, 2021 | 40 min


One approach for perfecting motion through the reduction of friction and wear is to examine the potential benefits of tribochemistry. This growing field gives researchers the opportunity to design a machinery system that takes advantage of the interaction of a specific lubricant with a particular metal surface under its operating conditions. The resulting products of the interaction act to maximize the efficiency of the machinery, leading us further down the road to perfecting motion. Discussions are held with two leading researchers, Drs. Kuldeep Mistry (The Timken Company) and Nicolas Argibay (Sandia National Laboratories), to provide their viewpoints on the current and future potential for tribochemistry. Episode Transcript

Episode 1 | Introduction – Perfecting Motion: Tribology and the Quest for Sustainability
Contributors: Dr. Neil Canter, STLE Advisor – Technical Programs and Services
July 27, 2021 | 22 min


As the world faces challenges due to the threat of global warming, regulatory pressure has been applied to find ways to reduce the generation of carbon dioxide and other emissions. The transportation sector is under increasing scrutiny because it contributes the highest level of emissions in the U.S. at 28.2%, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

The automotive industry has responded by moving to electric vehicles in place of internal combustion-powered vehicles as a way to reduce carbon dioxide, attain carbon neutrality and move towards sustainability. Tribology, or the study of lubrication, provides approaches for reducing emissions, improving efficiency and, as a result, accelerating the move to perfecting motion, which will lead to achieving sustainability.

This podcast introduces a new series that will discuss a series of technology developments showing how tribology and lubrication can promote the movement towards sustainability. Episode Transcript