Scaling-up Superlubricity into Persistence

We aim to replicate superlubricity across length scales, transforming it from an atomic-scale lab curiosity to a manufacturing-scale technology that overcomes the severe friction of boundary lubrication

Friction, defined as the resistance encountered during the relative motion of contacting objects, accounts for a substantial portion of global energy consumption (approximately 25%) and is responsible for a significant proportion (around 75%) of mechanical failures. Hence, mitigating friction holds the potential for considerable economic impact. By reducing friction, not only can the operational lifespan of machines be extended, and their energy consumption decreased, but it also paves the way for the realization of envisioned systems that currently face challenges due to high forces, wear, and degradation in the contact between moving parts.

To address these limitations and unlock the benefits of reduced friction, SSLiP consortium seeks to integrate the principles of structural lubricity observed in two-dimensional (2D) materials with the disciplines of granular physics and tribochemistry. Through this interdisciplinary approach, SSLiP aims to overcome the constraints imposed by friction, facilitating the development of advanced lubrication technologies capable of improving machine performance, energy efficiency, and overall system reliability

Project number: 101046693


April 2022-March 2026

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SSLiP partner visits TCD

Professor Astrid S. de Wijn delivered an engaging lecture at Trinity Fitzgerald lecture theater, focusing on "Understanding the friction of layered materials in theory and modeling.

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SSLiP wins funding!

The SSLIP project, led by Prof. Graham Cross from TCD, secured 4.5M EIC Pathfinder funding. They aim to achieve "superlubricity," where 2D materials slide with almost no friction.

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