ESR 1: Nanoparticles for green-lubrication technology

Objectives: To use solid-lubricant nanoparticles for DLC contacts exploring the physical concept of lubrication. To investigate the effect of nanoparticles type and properties on optimized self-lubrication ability in liquid lubricants.To optimize the conditions for a green boundary-DLC lubrication mechanism by using nanoparticles as additives in lubricants.

ESR: Irfan Nadeem (Pakistan)









GreenTRIBOS is one of the world’s leading research group on Green Tribology for Sustainable Engineering. It brings together four internationally leading complementary groups (University of Ljubljana Slovenia, University of Coimbra Portugal, University of Leeds UK, and Luleå University of Technology Sweden) in different areas of green tribology. The availability of a world-class interdisciplinary research environment will help me to conveniently decipher the technical intricacies of my research field. Hence, I firmly believe that the gap between my current research interests and future ventures in Green tribology and lubricants can only be bridged by the research opportunities available at the GreenTRIBOS research network.

Previous studies:
Bachelor's degree: Materials Science and Engineering,Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
Master's degree: Materials Science and Engineering,Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

PhD double degree at: University of Ljubljana & University of Leeds.

Expected Results: Compared to the traditionally used lubrication additives, the solid lubricant nanoparticles are proposed to work via physically-based mechanisms, which do not depend on the lubricating surface and which do not cause reaction products, harmful for environment. Hence, their lubrication properties can be effectively exploited to achieve green low-friction lubrication on various engineering surfaces by:

  • Understanding the physically-acting lubrication mechanisms of solid-lubricant nanoparticles for low-friction performance

  • Understanding of the effects of the contact parameters on the tribological performance of the solid-lubricant nanoparticles

  • Identifying the tribological mechanisms of various types of nanoparticles and their correlation with the tribological performance