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Gordon Research Conference

Progress in Tribology at the Interface Between Disciplines


June 24-29, 2018


Bates College
Lewiston, ME Site Information


Ashlie Martini

Vice Chair:
Julien Fontaine

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 27, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Tribology is the study of phenomena that occur at contacting and sliding interfaces. It is a very relevant field, given the global impact of tribology in terms of energy efficiency and material waste. However, it is also scientifically fascinating because of the complexity of the physical phenomena that occur at interfaces. For example, a lubricated sliding contact involves deformation of solids, fluid flow, rheology, chemical reactions, and much more. This necessarily means that a comprehensive understanding of tribological phenomena requires knowledge from a range of classical fields in science and engineering, including chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, and materials science. Most tribologists are experts in one of these areas based on their academic training and then learn enough about the others to communicate effectively. However, the next significant breakthroughs in tribology are likely to be found at the interfaces between the classical fields. To achieve these breakthroughs, the very diverse tribology community needs to come together to learn and discover together. This is the focus of the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Tribology: cutting-edge interface research that is happening at the interface between disciplines.

A Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will precede the 2018 GRC on Tribology with a closely tied focus on multi-disciplinary studies in interfacial science. The GRS will provide young tribologists from diverse disciplines the opportunity to come together, present their work to their peers in an unintimidating atmosphere in preparation for the GRC. Additionally, invited keynote speakers at the GRS will provide their perspectives into how early career tribologists can best prepare themselves for successful careers within academia, and beyond. We expect lively, informal, and informative discussions for the rising generation of tribologists. The GRS is aimed at providing a casual environment for young researchers to learn about cutting-edge tribology research while building a professional network among their peers. Participants of the GRS are encouraged to send questions and suggestions for this session to the GRS Chair in advance of the meeting.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Tribology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by February 24, 2018. Please check back for updates.

  • Tribochemistry: Understanding Shear-Driven Chemical Reactions
    (Marina Ruths / James Batteas / Seong Kim)
  • Industrial Perspectives: Relevance of Tribology to Current and Future Industrial Trends
    (Sophie Loehle / Peter Jacobs / Naruhiko Inayoshi / Aaron Greco)
  • Electronic Effects: Understanding and Using Electronic Effects to Control Friction
    (Lars Pastewka / Jacqueline Krim / Andrew Rappe)
  • Lubricants and Lubrication
    (Bart Raeymaekers / Lelia Cosimbescu / Gary Doll / Philippe Vergne)
  • Earthquake Tribology / Young Investigator Presentations
    (Philip Egberts / Chris Marone)
  • In Situ Methods: Looking Inside Contact and Shear Processes
    (Erin Flater / Hiroyuki Fujita / Tevis Jacobs / Fabrice Dassenoy)
  • Surface Reactions: Chemical Reactions Occurring on and Within Surfaces During Sliding
    (Filippo Mangolini / Gianpietro Moras / Kathryn Wahl)
  • Materials Matter: Friction and Wear Across the Scales and Material Dimensionality
    (Alison Dunn / Brandon Krick / Qunyang Li / Elisa Riedo)
  • Keynote Session: Tribology-Enabled Exploration of Mars
    (Julien Fontaine / Matthew Heverly)
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