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Dr. Philip Egberts, 
Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Lubrication through Two-Dimensional Materials: Physical Insight into Friction through Single Atomic Layers.


Two-dimensional (2D) materials, such as graphene, h-BN, and MoS2, have shown very desirable friction-reducing properties resulting from their excellent mechanical strength, lubricating abilities, and other desirable physical properties. In this talk, I will discuss the use of various modes of atomic force microscopy (AFM) to examine the mechanical, adhesive, and tribological properties of such surfaces.



Dr. Philip Egberts, PhD, P.Eng.

Philip Egberts obtained his Ph.D. from the McGill University in Montreal, Canada specializing in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics in 2011. During this time, he spent most of his research at the INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany. Following his PhD studies, he joined the Carpick Research Group in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics department at the University of Pennsylvania as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF). Currently, he is a faculty member at the University of Calgary in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. More recently, Dr. Egberts was Associate Head Graduate Studies in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Associate Professor in from 2015-2018. He was also a visiting professor and Humboldt Fellow at the University of Hamburg in the Department of Physics from 2019-2020. His current research interests range atomic and nanoscale investigation of adhesion, friction, and wear, as well as nanoenhanced lubricant development and tribocorrosion. The overarching goal of his work is to link experimental findings of friction and wear with theory, eventually to make physical and predictive models of friction and wear.