Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Podcast: The Role of Nanotribology in the Quest for Sustainability

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In this podcast episode, two experts, Steven Thrush, Ph.D. (Tribologist, U.S. Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center) and Marina Ruths (Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Lowell), provide insights on nanotribology, including how the evaluation of small scale tribological interactions can be critical for improving real systems.

The new episode is fourth in STLE’s podcast series, “Perfecting Motion: Tribology and the Quest for Sustainability.” The program is hosted by Neil Canter, Ph.D., STLE advisor, technical programs and services and Tribology and Lubrication Technology (TLT) writer and covers a wide range of tribology and lubrication topics — including additive manufacturing, lubricant additives, nano-lubricants, nano-additives, lubricant testing, graphene and more.    

“Understanding friction and wear at a nanoscale allows us to design more efficient, more sustainable mechanical systems that can reduce energy consumption,” says Canter. “For instance, by studying the lubrication of aqueous systems, we can potentially unlock ways to move from lubricant systems to water-based type systems.”

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