Plenary Speakers

Prof. Dr. Sissi de Beer: "Controlling friction and adhesion using stimuli responsive polymer brushes"
University of Twente, Netherlands

Dr. Sissi de Beer obtained her PhD degree in 2011 in Applied Physics at the University of Twente. In her PhD research, she combined quantitative atomic force microscopy (AFM) with molecular dynamics simulations to quantify the dissipative response of confined liquid films. During her postdoctoral stay at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre of the Forschungszentrum in Jülich (Germany), she deepened her knowledge and skills in performing simulations. Together with Prof Martin Müser, she developed a simple method to obtain ultralow-friction utilizing immiscible polymer brushes. During a postdoctoral stay at the Walker lab at the University of Toronto (Canada), she combined AFM with nearfield infrared spectroscopy. Since 2016, Sissi is an assistant professor at the University of Twente. With her students, Sissi aims at obtaining a microscopic understanding of friction and adhesion for polymer coatings with the goal to develop smart functional surfaces.

Dr. Kerstin Falk: "Rheology in boundary lubrication - from molecular dynamics to improved continuum models"
Fraunhofer IWM Freiburg, Germany

Kerstin Falk is a senior scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg, Germany. Her expertise is the atomic-scale modelling of liquids and nanofluidic systems. She holds a joint Ph.D. in physics from the universities of Lyon, France, and Erlangen, Germany (2011). Prior to joining IWM in 2014, she was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental engineering at MIT, Cambridge, US.
At Fraunhofer IWM, she and her team work on the molecular understanding of lubrication. A particular focus is on establishing quantitative structure-property relations between lubricant molecule s microscopic characteristics and their rheological behaviour under typical tribological conditions. To this aim, they combine molecular dynamics simulations and theoretical modelling based on statistical mechanics principles and continuum hydrodynamics.

Dr. Manel Rodriguez Ripoll"Giving metals the slip: Design of self-lubricating wear resistant alloys"
AC2T research GmbH, Austria

Dr. Manel Rodríguez Ripoll leads the Research Area “Wear Reduction Strategies for Industry”at the Austrian Excellence Center for Tribology. His main research focuses on surface engineering for reducing wear in extreme environments. Current topics of research are the design of self-lubricating materials, surface protection in tribocorrosive environments for off-shore and biomedical applications and the tribochemical formation of 2D solid lubricants.

Dr. Rodríguez Ripoll graduated in Physics in Barcelona, Spain and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles (h=23, google scholar), one book, one book chapter and two patents. He also served as evaluator for the European Commission (H2020) and for the Knowledge Foundation (Sweden).

Prof. Dr. Andreas Rosenkranz: "2D MXenes: Tunable mechanical and tribological properties"
Universidad de Chile, Chile

Andreas Rosenkranz studied Materials Science and Engineering at the Saarland University, Germany, where he also finished in PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Frank Mücklich. Afterwards, he won a prestigious Feodor-Lynen Research Fellow to study ultra-thin carbon films at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD). Currently, he is a Professor for Materials-oriented Tribology and New 2D Materials in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Materials at the University of Chile. His research focuses on the characterization, chemical functionalization and application of new 2D materials. His main field of research relates to tribology (friction, wear and energy efficiency), but in the last couple of years, he has also expanded his fields towards water purification, catalysis and biological properties. He has published more than 100 peer-review journal publications, is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and acts as a scientific editor for different well-reputed scientific journals including Applied Nanoscience and Frontiers of Chemistry.


Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Robert Carpick: "Seeing the Hidden Interface: Revealing Nanoscale Mechanisms of Contact, Adhesion, and Friction by in situ Experiments"
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Robert Carpick is the John Henry Towne Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania. He studies nanotribology, nanomechanics, and scanning probes. He is a recipient of the AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award, the ASME Newkirk Award, a R&D 100 award, and a NSF CAREER Award. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, the AVS, and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. He holds 9 patents and has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.Sc. (University of Toronto, 1991) and his Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley, 1997) in Physics, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratory. He served as Department Chair from 2011-2019, and currently serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for his department.

Jamal Choudhry: "Study of thermal effects in dry sliding contact"
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Jamal Choudhry is a PhD student since june 2020 at the department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. In his PhD reasearch, he developed a multi-scale finite element model to assess the thermal effects which occurs in dry rough-interfaces. Currently he is developing a multi-physics tool to predict wear and temperature development on sliding rough interfaces. The aim for his PhD is to develope numerical tools that can accurately predict various multi-physics response of sliding rough-interfaces. Together with his supervisors Prof. Roland Larsson and Prof. Andreas Almqvist, he continues to deepen his knowledge in the field of tribology and his goals are to contribute with valuable knowledge to the scientific community as well as industry.

Prof. Henara Costa: "Surface texturing in car engines: how can we move forward?"
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brasil

Henara Costa is a Full Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande and a visiting professor at the Federal University of Uberlândia and Federal University of Pelotas, in Brazil. She obtained her B.S. (1992) and M.Sc. (1995) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil and her PhD  from Cambridge University, UK (2005). She has worked with tribology for over 20 years, with a main focus on reducing friction losses using surface modification, coatings and lubrication. She has authored over 180 manuscripts in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. She is the Brazilian representative at IEA/AMT, a member of IFToMM and of editorial boards of a several tribology-related journals. From January 2021 she will be the next editor-in-chief for the journal Surface Topography Metrology and Properties. She was selected as the most influential female researcher from the state of Minas Gerais/Brazil in Engineering by the Program “Women in Science”.

Dr. Stefan J. Eder: "Speed kills, or does it? — The impact of sliding velocity on microstructure evolution and friction"
TU Wien & AC2T research GmbH, Austria

Stefan J. Eder is a principal scientist at the Austrian Excellence Center for Tribology (AC2T research), which employs some 120 scientists of various backgrounds and is one of the world's largest private research service providers in tribology. Since 2018, he also leads the nanoscopic modeling activities in the tribology group of Carsten Gachot at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). His main research interests include computational analysis of the near-surface microstructural development in polycrystalline alloys under tribological load as well as the reactive simulation of tribochemical phenomena. Dr. Eder has been active in the field of tribology since 2007, received his PhD in physics from TU Wien in 2012, authored more than 45 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and contributed to around 75 conferences, including more than 10 invited talks. He has been involved in winning several national and international research grants (FFG, FET-Open, Horizon2020), serves as a member of the early career editorial board of Tribology Letters, and organizes the recurring Vienna Virtual Materials Tribology Workshop (ViViMaT).

Prof. Jean Michel Martin: "The Nature of Superlubricious Interfaces under Boundary Lubrication"
Université de Lyon, France

Jean Michel Martin is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Laboratory of Tribology and System Dynamics (LTDS), University of Lyon. He was awarded the 2019 Tribology Gold Medal and the 2019 Tribochemistry Award (JAST) in recognition to his pioneering works on tribochemistry of anti-wear and friction modifying additives, DLC coatings applied to thermal engines and superlubricity (his is a co-Editor of two books on the topic). He has more than 45 years of extensive experience in fundamental and applied research in the tribology of thin films, gas phase lubrication, DLC coatings, boundary lubrication, anti-wear and extreme pressure additives, friction modifiers, surface chemical analysis and the development of tribological computer simulations.

He holds 20 patents and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications. Previously, he was a Chemical Engineer and he received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry (University of Lyon, 1978). He served as a Department Chair from 1992-2002 and retired from teaching in 2012. He is still very active in research on liquid superlubricity.

Prof. Dr. Ernst Meyer: "Mechanisms of Atomic Friction with 2d-materials"
University of Basel, Switzerland

Ernst Meyer is professor of physics at the University of Basel since 1997. His main interests are nanomechanics experiments with a focus on atomic friction and energy dissipation. The transitions from metallic to superconduction was observed by non-contact friction experiments. High resolution force microscopy is an important tool to characterize surfaces or molecular aggregates. Experiments with graphene nanoribbons and metallic nanowires were performed to get further insight into the mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties of these assemblies. He was chairperson of the European network “NATRIBO” and member of the steering committee of the European network “Friction and Adhesion of Nanosystems (FANAS)”. He was national representative of the COST-action “Understanding and Controlling Nano- and Meso-scale Friction”. He received the ERC Advanced Grant “Ultra-sensitive mechanical dissipation in classical, quantum and non-equilibrium nanocontacts“.

Prof. Michael Urbakh: "The fascinating frictional properties of layered materials"
Tel Aviv University, Israel

Michael Urbakh is a Chair Professor at the School of Chemistry of Tel Aviv University in Israel. His research ranges from theoretical and numerical studies of fundamental problems of nanotribology, single molecule spectroscopy and atomic scale engines to electrowetting, optofluidics and electrotunable optical devices. During last years he and his team focus on studies of structural superlubricity (the state of super low friction and wear) in contacts of nano- and microscale layered materials and controllable variation of friction with electric field in ionic liquids, predicting new ways to control frictional properties of sliding interfaces. He has published over 280 papers in leading scientific journals and was entitled to organize and direct many international conferences including number of symposia at MRS meeting in Boston, CECAM meetings in Lion, Lausanne and Tel Aviv, Faraday Discussions in Cambridge, and meetings at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste.

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