Smart Surface Engineering toward More Efficient and Green

Transportation Technologies

Ali Erdemir, Ph.D.
Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
840 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL, USA


It is hard to believe, but about one-third of the fuel’s energy in engines is still consumed by friction, and on average, only about 20% of the total energy is actually used to move our cars. Globally, transportation sector accounts for about 20% of the world’s energy consumption and some 23% of total greenhouse-gas emissions every year. In this talk, I will survey some of the latest trends in lubrication sciences which can ultimately lead to more efficient and green transportation technologies. Along these lines, we have been persistently designing, developing, and implementing superlow-friction materials and coatings with great success in our lab and quite recently pioneered the development of a new breed of nanocomposite coatings that are able to extract their own diamondlike carbon tribofilms from the lubricating oils to provide some of the lowest friction and wear coefficients. Overall, development and implementation of these and other emerging technologies will be crucial for a sustainable transportation future that is also environmentally desirable.

Short Bio:

Dr. ALI ERDEMIR is a Distinguished Fellow of Argonne National Laboratory and the current President of the Society of Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers. He received his B.S. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1977 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982 and 1986, respectively. In recognition of his pioneering research, Dr. Erdemir has received numerous coveted awards and honors, including the University of Chicago’s Medal of Distinguished Performance, six R&D 100 Awards, Mayo D. Hersey Award of ASME, two Al Sonntag Awards and an Edmond E. Bisson Award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). He is a Fellow of ASME, STLE, AVS, and ASM-International. He has authored/co-authored more than 300 research articles (240 of which are peer-reviewed) and 18 book/handbook chapters, edited three books, presented more than 160 invited/keynote/plenary talks, and holds 17 U.S. patents. His current research is directed toward nano-scale design and large-scale manufacturing of new materials, coatings, and lubricants for a broad range of applications in transportation, manufacturing, and other energy conversion and utilization systems.