Materials Science and Chemistry

Principal Investigator: Carlo A. Pignedoli , Empa Swiss Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology Dübendorft (Switzerland)

HPC Platform used: SuperMUC of LRZ

Local Project ID: pr89mi

The ability to control and manipulate frictional forces at the nanoscale is extremely important for technology, being closely tied to progress in transportation, manufacturing, energy conversion, and lubricant consumption, impacting on innumerable aspects of our health and environment. In recent years a lot of effort has been devoted to gain control of friction at both the macroscopic and microscopic scale. However, most of the employed techniques cannot be straightforwardly extended to the nanoscale, where a flexible and almost cost-free way to dynamically tune friction forces is still lacking.