Special Issue "Novel Lubricant Additives"

A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Boris Zhmud

1. Applied Nano Surfaces, Knivstagatan 12, SE-75323 Uppsala, Sweden
2. BIZOL Lubricants, Martin-Buber-Str. 12, D-14163 Berlin, Germany
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Phone: +46 70 9371310
Interests: lubricant formulations (engine oils, metalworking emulsions); solubility and lubricity issues; additives and surface chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue came as the natural consequence of the great success of the previous Special Issue “Additives for Lubricants”.

Neither mineral nor synthetic base oils can satisfy today’s lubricant performance requirements without using additives. Additives are chemical substances, in most part synthetic, which are used in lubricant formulations to adjust a broad of spectrum of properties by enhancing what is desired and suppressing what is unwanted. Many additives are multifunctional products that may exhibit synergistic or antagonistic behavior when mixed together. As a rule of thumb, additives do not add. This makes balancing and optimization of additive systems a challenging task.

The increasing focus on energy efficiency and environmental safety of lubricants poses new challenges for lubricant formulators, preventing or restricting the use of certain time-proven chemistries, such as ZDDP in engine oil or boric acid in MWF formulations. At the same time, it stimulates the search for new classes of additives, including all-organic ashless friction modifiers, nano-additives, and bio-based superlubricity additives, as well as fundamental studies into how individual additives work.

This Special Issue will examine current advances and future trends in lubricant additives. Contributions are solicited both from academic researchers working in the field of tribology and lubrication science and their industrial peers dealing with additive adpack development and lubricant formulation. The idea is to promote bi-directional information exchange whereby some practical challenges faced by lubricant industry are presented to university researchers and novel additive chemistries are exposed to industrial researchers and formulators involved in product development.

Prof. Dr. Boris Zhmud
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Lubricants is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 350 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • lubricant additives
  • friction modifiers
  • superlubricity
  • additive chemistry
  • synthetic oils

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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