Surface Coatings and Tribology

Surface Coating is any mixture of film forming materials plus pigments, solvents and other additives which when applied to a surface and cured or dried, yields a thin film that is functional and often decorative. Surface coatings involve paints, drying oils and varnishes, synthetic clear coatings and other products whose primary function is to protect the surface of an object from the environment.

 Tribology the science and engineering of contacts between bodies in relative motion is a major research theme. This includes studies of lubricant oil additives where we use surface analytical approaches to understand the interactions of lubricant oil additives with sliding surfaces as well as correlating these interactions with tribological properties (fiction and wear).There is a strong fundamental aspect to this work as well which also includes molecular dynamics modeling studies in order to understand the behavior of brushes in lubrication.