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8 Jun

Webinar: Atomic Force Microscopy in Nanotribology

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June 10, 2020 (Santa Barbara, CA).  Oxford Instruments Asylum Research announces an upcoming webinar titled “Atomic Force Microscopy in Nanotribology.” Tribology is the science and technology of friction, wear, and lubrication. More than 20% of the world’s energy consumption is used to offset the effects of friction and wear. Solutions to reduce this waste can begin with studying tribological processes at the nanoscale with atomic force microscopy.

The webinar will start with an introduction by Asylum Research applications scientist Dr. Ted Limpoco. He will review the different types of tribological measurements made possible by AFM, including direct measurement of frictional forces, characterization of wear scars and tribofilms, and studying the efficacy of friction-reducing surface treatments.

Guest speaker Dr. Shivaprakash Ramakrishna, Senior Scientist at ETH Zurich, will then present his work on developing grafted polymer brush interfaces. He will explain how colloidal probe AFM measurements can be used to characterize how the brush thickness and grafting density affect tribological properties. This understanding then enables the rational design of polymer brush coatings for lubrication or biopassivation of interfaces.

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The webinar will be broadcast on June 24th, 2020 at 10-11 am EDT / 2-3 pm GMT. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the speakers during a question and answer period at the end. Those not able to attend at the scheduled time are encouraged to still register as they will be able to view the recorded webinar “on-demand” after the live event.

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