Project Overview

The Superlubricity Scaled across Length scales (SSLiP) project represents a pioneering initiative focused on revolutionizing the field of friction reduction and lubrication technology. With approximately 25% of global energy consumption and 75% of mechanical failures attributed to friction, the SSLiP project aims to address these challenges by capitalizing on a multidisciplinary approach. Combining expertise from surface science, granular and soft condensed matter physics, statistical physics, computational chemistry, and tribology, the project seeks to unlock the full potential of superlubricity. By leveraging the unique properties of 2D materials and incorporating regenerative tribochemical and structural mechanisms, SSLiP aims to achieve macroscale superlubricity with a net friction coefficient of <0.01 operating at high pressures, even under boundary lubrication conditions. The project's team comprises world-leading experts who have demonstrated significant advancements in their respective fields, providing a solid foundation for solving the challenges and preparing superlubricity for practical industrial applications. Through SSLiP, a new research frontier, colloidal network lubrication, is expected to emerge, ensuring the seamless integration of macroscale superlubricity across diverse industries, driving efficiency, longevity, and performance improvements in countless mechanical systems and technologies.