Tribological Properties of Soft Materials

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2025 | Viewed by 47

Special Issue Editors

Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
Interests: soft materials; tribological properties; liquid lubricants; gel lubricants; green lubrication; smart lubrication; adaptivity and multifunctionality; tribochemical reactions
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State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
Interests: soft materials; tribological properties; liquid and liquid dispersions; thin films; cutting fluids, lubricant additives; green lubrication, friction; super-lubricity
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College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500, China
Interests: soft materials; tribological properties; lubricant additives; nano-lubricants; synthesis; tribofilms; tribochemistry
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims at presenting Original Research Articles and Reviews on the Tribological Properties of Soft Materials. Soft materials, including different kinds of liquids, liquid dispersions, gels and greases, have found extensive tribological applications in the past decades. By generating a complicated interfacial “tribofilm” capable of providing either physical or tribochemical lubrication, soft materials can effectively reduce the friction and abrasion between the two contacting surfaces to a satisfactory level. Although a number of significant research advances concerning the tribological behavior of soft materials have been achieved, the design and preparation of high-performance and eco-friendly liquid and semi-solid lubricants, the homogenous mixture and dispersion of various additives in liquids and gels, the formation and composition of resultant tribofilms, the tribochemical mechanism of “soft” lubricants, and the in-time or in-space lubrication control remain challenging in this field. This Special Issue of Lubricants focuses on the latest progresses in friction and wear mechanisms, new methodologies for tribological and interfacial analyses and the development of new types of  liquids and semi-solid lubricants. The articles in this issue are applicable to any type of soft material used for tribological applications.

This Special Issue is dedicated to, but not limited to, Original Papers and Reviews regarding the following topics:

  • Design and preparation of novel liquid and semi-solid lubricants;
  • Tribological behavior and mechanisms of liquid and semi-solid lubricants;
  • Smart control of the tribological properties of liquid and semi-solid lubricants;
  • Methodology for analyzing the tribological properties.

Dr. Lu Xu
Dr. Xia Zhang
Dr. Baogang Wang
Guest Editors

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  • soft materials
  • tribological properties
  • liquids and liquid dispersions
  • gels and greases
  • lubrication mechanisms
  • tribochemical reactions
  • lubrication control

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