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Joint ICTP-COST-MODPHYSFRICT Conference on “Trends in Nanotribology 2017” (TiN17)

June 26, 2017 @ 8:30 am - June 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

- Free




The ICTP, Trieste, Italy


  • Dr. Andrea Vanossi, CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS Simulation Center & SISSA, Trieste, Italy
  • Prof. Susan Perkin, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK
  • Prof. Nicola Manini, Physics Department, University of Milan, Italy
  • Prof. Erio Tosatti (local organizer), CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS Simulation Center & SISSA & ICTP, Italy

The physics of tribology –a vast interdisciplinary field covering friction, adhesion, lubrication, and wear– has been largely revived by experimental, theoretical, and technological advances that approach these phenomena at the microscopic scales. This International Conference will bring together scientists from laboratories all over the world that are active in nano and meso-scale tribology and will offer a fresh view of all new developments. In parallel with more academic subjects, this activity intends to increase the potential collaboration and sharing of know-how with the engineering and industrial community. The Conference will also mark the conclusion for the COST Action MP1303 “Understanding and controlling nano and meso-scale friction” supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020, with the added opportunity to gather a large fraction of Europe’s scientists and students. Support is also provided by ERC MODPHYSFRICT through SISSA, Trieste. This rich attendance will offer a strategic opportunity
to discuss the future directions of this whole area. Keynote speakers will be required to make a pedagogical effort in their introductory part and to reserve ample time for discussion. Contributed abstracts are solicited within the deadline for poster contributions of for additional short talks.

The scientific focus will be on novel conceptual and experimental trends, such as:

  • The nonlinear nature of sliding friction : from stick-slip motion to superlubric regimes
  • Controlling and tuning friction, adhesion and wear at the nanoscale
  • Tribology of confined systems and lubricants under shear
  • Fundamentals of friction theory
  • Tribology in electrochemical conditions
  • Electronic and magnetic friction
  • Atomistic friction of graphene, nanotubes and layered materials
  • Nanomanipulation and dynamics of clusters and nano-objects at surfaces
  • Collective mechanisms in friction across the time and length scales
  • Bio-mimetic friction and adhesion
  • Novelties in experimental and computational nanotribology
  • Tribology research towards innovation and novel technologies
  • Developments in macroscopic tribology: granulars, earthquakes, fracture, plasticity


June 26, 2017 @ 8:30 am
June 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Andrea Vanossi
Susan Perkin
Nicola Manini
Erio Tosatti


Strada Costiera 11
Trieste, 34151 Italy
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