Surface chemistry, tribology, nanotribology, mechanochemistry, tribochemistry
AFM, SEM/EDS, confocal Raman microspectroscopy
Background & Research Interest
My primary research area is surface materials chemistry. My group focuses on nanotribology (nanoscale friction, lubrication, adhesion, and wear), aiming to understand how to control chemical reactions with mechanical sliding forces (tribochemistry). Our primary methodology involves atomic force microscopy (AFM) and its derivative methods - friction force microscopy, quantitative nanomechanical mapping, current sensing, etc. We also employ confocal Raman microspectroscopy, SEM/EDS.
Collaboration interests: 1) Exploring nanomaterials with unique optical, electronic, and mechanical properties. Surface coatings developed through sliding forces "in situ" have the potential to provide multiple functions from electronic applications to lubrication and wear prevention. 2) Anything and everything involving the AFM.