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Lubricants, Volume 6, Issue 1 (March 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) As most real surfaces are rough, friction is a multiscale phenomenon that involves contact between [...] Read more. As most real surfaces are rough, friction is a multiscale phenomenon that involves contact between many asperities. The role of a lubricant is to induce a controlled, robust and reproducible resistance to motion. In this respect, ionic liquids are promising lubricants, because of their physicochemical stability and their ability to form boundary layers that are strongly bound to charged surfaces. Surface force balance and atomic force microscopes make possible the measurement of interactions on a single contact across nanoconfined liquids; thus they are the tools of choice for unravelling the molecular mechanisms of friction. View the paper here.