Nanoscale Tribology of 2D Materials
To extend the lifespan of mechanical systems, wear and friction must be minimized via the utilization of lubricants. On the other hand, traditional fluid-based lubrication schemes fail in nano- and micro-scale systems due to increasing surface-to-volume ratios and associated physical effects. As such, research efforts in recent years have been aimed at characterizing the structure and mechanical properties of various candidates for solid lubricants. In this project, we utilize atomic force microscopy to elucidate the fundamental physical mechanisms governing the tribological properties of emerging 2D materials, including but not limited to the "wonder material" graphene.
- Demirbaş, T., Baykara, M.Z. (2016). "Nanoscale Tribology of Graphene Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition and Transferred onto Silicon Oxide Substrates", Journal of Materials Research, v.31 p.1914-1923
- Arda Balkancı (Advisor: Mehmet Z. Baykara), (2016). "Influence of Interface Structure on the Nanotribological Properties of Exfoliated Graphene", Bilkent University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ankara, Turkey
- Tuna Demirbaş (Advisor: Mehmet Z. Baykara), (2015). "Nanotribological Properties of Graphene Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition and Transferred Onto Silicon Oxide Substrates", Bilkent University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ankara, Turkey