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An ionic liquid lubricant enables superlubricity to be "switched on" in situ using an electrical potential
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science.
2014 (English)In: Chemical Communications, ISSN 1359-7345, E-ISSN 1364-548X, Vol. 50, no 33, 4368-4370 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Atomic force microscopy measurements reveal that superlubricity can be "switched'' on and off in situ when an ionic liquid is used to lubricate the silica-graphite interface. Applying a potential to the graphite surface changes the ion composition of the boundary layer and thus the lubricity. At positive potentials, when the interfacial ion layer is anion rich, friction falls to ultra-low levels.

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2014. Vol. 50, no 33, 4368-4370 p.
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Interface, Water
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-144968DOI: 10.1039/c4cc00979gISI: 000333580200027ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84897132496OAI: diva2:716092

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Available from: 2014-05-08 Created: 2014-05-05 Last updated: 2014-05-08Bibliographically approved

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