NANOSCALE TRIBOLOGY OF GRAPHENE
Outstanding Young Scientist Program of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA-GEBİP)
Start Date: September 1st, 2013
Completion Date: August 31st, 2017
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 at increasingly small length scales. In this project, we utilize atomic force microscopy to elucidate the fundamental physical mechanisms governing the tribological properties of the "wonder material" graphene.