Our research focuses on the investigation of elementary friction and wear processes in application-oriented mechanical systems and materials. These processes include dynamic changes of the topography, tribochemical reactions of additives and lubricants with the friction stressed surfaces and the molecular mechanisms of the action of solid lubricants. The main research areas are:

    Development of new methods for in-situ measurement of friction, topography changes and wear
    Adsorption and tribochemical reactions of additives with surfaces
    Friction reduction with solid lubricants and coatings
    Molecular mechanisms of grease lubrication
    Formation of third bodies under sliding friction and in ferret contacts

We employ the following experimental methods:

    In-situ measurement of friction and wear
    Microtribometry and UHV tribometry
    Surface analysis, such as XPS, AES, AFM, QCM, nanoindentation

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Recent publications and presentations

Achieving Ultra-Low Friction with Diamond/Metal Systems in Extreme Environments.
Stoyanov, P.; Merz, R.; Stricker, M.; Kopnarski, M.; Dienwiebel, M.
2021. Materials, 14 (14), 3791. doi:10.3390/ma14143791
Multiscale Friction Simulation of Dry Polymer Contacts: Reaching Experimental Length Scales by Coupling Molecular Dynamics and Contact Mechanics.
Savio, D.; Hamann, J.; Romero, P. A.; Klingshirn, C.; Bactavatchalou, R.; Dienwiebel, M.; Moseler, M.
2021. Tribology letters, 69 (2), 70. doi:10.1007/s11249-021-01444-8
Graphite Lubrication Mechanisms Under High Mechanical Load.
Morstein, C. E.; Dienwiebel, M.
2021. Wear, 477, Art. Nr.: 203794. doi:10.1016/j.wear.2021.203794
Panel Discussion: Educating the next generation of tribologists.
Martini, A.; Dienwiebel, M.; Jin, Z.
2021, April 27. 23rd International Conference on Wear of Materials WOM (2021), Online, April 26–29, 2021
Programming Viscosity in Silicone Oils: Reversible Tuning of Rheological Properties in 9-Anthracene Ester-Terminated Polydimethylsiloxanes.
Gäbert, C.; Rosenstingl, T.; Linsler, D.; Dienwiebel, M.; Reinicke, S.
2020. ACS applied polymer materials, 2 (12), 5460–5468. doi:10.1021/acsapm.0c00794
In-situ studies of the competitive adsorption of lubricant additives.
Dienwiebel, M.; Eickworth, J.; Wagner, J.; Daum, P.; Wilke, P.; Rühle, T.
2020, November 19. Annual meeting of the Japan Society of Vacuum and Surface Science (2020), Online, November 18–19, 2020
Reversibly tuneable viscosity of anthracene-functionalized silicone oil.
Linsler, D.; Rosenstingl, T.; Gäbert, C.; Reinicke, S.; Dienwiebel, M.
2020, September 22. Materials Science and Engineering Congress (MSE 2020), Online, September 22–25, 2020
In-situ studies of the competitive adsorption of lubricant additives.
Dienwiebel, M.; Eickworth, J.; Rühle, T.; Wilcke, P.
2020, September 22. Materials Science and Engineering Congress (MSE 2020), Online, September 22–25, 2020
Synergistic effects of antiwear and friction modifier additives.
Eickworth, J.; Aydin, E.; Dienwiebel, M.; Rühle, T.; Wilke, P.; Umbach, T. R.
2020. Industrial lubrication & tribology, 72 (8), 1019–1025. doi:10.1108/ILT-07-2019-0293
Examples of third body formation in sliding metal surfaces.
Dienwiebel, M.
2020, February 6. 10th Nanobrücken (2020), Düsseldorf, Germany, February 4–6, 2020
In Situ Studies on the Competitive Adsorption of Lubricant Additives.
Dienwiebel, M.; Honselmann, J.; Wagner, J.; Daum, P.; Wilke, P.; Rühle, T.
2020, January 30. 22nd International Colloquium Tribology (2020), Ostfildern, Germany, January 28–30, 2020
Vacuum Tribology with Gas Phase Deposited Lubricant Additives.
Eickworth, J.; Wagner, J.; Dienwiebel, M.; Daum, P.; Rühle, T.
2020, January 29. 22nd International Colloquium Tribology (2020), Ostfildern, Germany, January 28–30, 2020
Effect of Environment on Microstructure Evolution and Friction of Au–Ni Multilayers.
Cihan, E.; Jungjohann, K.; Argibay, N.; Chandross, M.; Dienwiebel, M.
2020. Tribology letters, 68 (1), Art. Nr.: 30. doi:10.1007/s11249-019-1245-9
Angewandte Nanotribologie – Einfluss der oberflächennahen Mikrostruktur und Chemie auf Reibung und Verschleiß.
Dienwiebel, M.
2019, November 27. Worshop des Bosch Arbeitskreises Tribologie (2019), Renningen, Germany, November 27, 2019
Structure evolution in tribological interfaces studied by multilayer model alloys. PhD dissertation.
Cihan, E.
2019. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). doi:10.5445/IR/1000099513
Multi-analytical study on the origin of wear reduction synergy of anti-wear and friction modifier additives in synthetic base oil.
Honselmann, J.; Aydin, E.; Dienwiebel, M.; Rühle, T.; Wilke, P.
2019, May 9. 3rd Young Tribological Reseacher Symposium (YTRS 2019), Wiener Neustadt, Austria, May 8–10, 2019
Running-In and Wear Behavior of Thermal Spray Wire Arc Coatings under the Influence of Regenerative Fuels.
Dienwiebel, M.; Linsler, D.; Böttcher, R.; Winkler, H.-J.
2019, September 19. International Tribology Conference (ITC 2019), Sendai, Japan, September 17–21, 2019
The Influence of Microstructure on the Friction of Metallic Multilayers.
Dienwiebel, M.; Cihan, E.
2019, September 17. International Tribology Conference (ITC 2019), Sendai, Japan, September 17–21, 2019
In-situ studies of the competitive adsorption of lubricant additives.
Dienwiebel, M.; Honselmann, J.; Wilke, P.; Rühle, T.
2019, September 14. 8th Tribochemistry (2019), Hakodate, Japan, September 12–14, 2019
The Mechanisms of Folding and Wear Particle Generation in Metallic Tribosystems.
Dienwiebel, M.
2018, October 31. STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference (2018), Chicago, IL, USA, October 28–31, 2018
Structure Evolution in Tribological Interfaces Studied by Multilayer Model Alloys.
Dienwiebel, M.; Cihan, E.
2019, April 23. Spring Meeting and Exhibit (MRS 2019), Phoenix, AZ, USA, April 22–26, 2019
Message from the Editorial Chairman.
Dienwiebel, M.
2019. Wear, (Part A), 426–427. doi:10.1016/j.wear.2019.04.010
Formation of the third bodies of steel sliding against brass under lubricated conditions.
Liu, L.; Sheng, Y.; Liu, M.; Dienwiebel, M.; Zhang, Z.; Dastan, D.
2019. Tribology international, 140, Article no: 105727. doi:10.1016/j.triboint.2019.04.011
Structure and nanotribology of thermally deposited gold nanoparticles on graphite.
Cihan, E.; Özoğul, A.; Baykara, M. Z.
2015. Applied surface science, 354, 429–436. doi:10.1016/j.apsusc.2015.04.099
Low friction of metallic multilayers by formation of a shear-induced alloy.
Cihan, E.; Störmer, H.; Leiste, H.; Stüber, M.; Dienwiebel, M.
2019. Scientific reports, 9 (1), 9480. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-45734-7
Atomistic insights into lubricated tungsten/diamond sliding contacts.
Romero, P. A.; Mayrhofer, L.; Stoyanov, P.; Merz, R.; Kopnarski, M.; Dienwiebel, M.; Moseler, M.
2019. Frontiers in mechanical engineering. doi:10.3389/fmech.2019.00006
Evolution of the True Contact Area of Laser Textured Tungsten Under Dry Sliding Conditions.
Lechthaler, B.; Ochs, G.; Mücklich, F.; Dienwiebel, M.
2019. Frontiers in mechanical engineering, 5, Article no 3. doi:10.3389/fmech.2019.00003
Tribology of Wire Arc Spray Coatings under the Influence of Regenerative Fuels.
Böttcher, R.; Winkler, H.-J.; Dienwiebel, M.; Scherge, M.
2018. Lubricants, 6 (3), 60. doi:10.3390/lubricants6030060
The Running-in Tribological Behavior of Pb-Free Brass and Its Effect on Microstructural Evolution.
Liu, L.; Zhang, Z.; Dienwiebel, M.
2017. Tribology letters, 65 (4), Art.Nr.: 160. doi:10.1007/s11249-017-0943-4
Analysis of the running-in of thermal spray coatings by time-dependent stribeck maps.
Linsler, D.; Kümmel, D.; Nold, E.; Dienwiebel, M.
2017. Wear, 376-377 (Part B), 1467–1474. doi:10.1016/j.wear.2017.02.026
Microstructure, mechanical properties and friction behavior of magnetron-sputtered V-C coatings.
Stoyanov, P.; Schneider, J.; Rinke, M.; Ulrich, S.; Nold, E.; Dienwiebel, M.; Stüber, M.
2017. Surface and coatings technology, 321, 366–377. doi:10.1016/j.surfcoat.2017.04.050
Combining in situ and online approaches to monitor interfacial processes in lubricated sliding contacts.
Stoyanov, P.; Shockley, J. M.; Dienwiebel, M.; Chromik, R. R.
2016. MRS communications, 6 (3), 301–308. doi:10.1557/mrc.2016.35
Structural lubricity under ambient conditions.
Cihan, E.; Ipek, S.; Durgun, E.; Baykara, M. Z.
2016. Nature Communications, 7, Art.Nr.: 12055. doi:10.1038/ncomms12055
Microscale study of frictional properties of graphene in ultra high vacuum.
Marchetto, D.; Feser, T.; Dienwiebel, M.
2015. Friction, 3 (2), 161–169. doi:10.1007/s40544-015-0080-8
Surface Softening in Metal - Ceramic Sliding Contacts: An Experimental and Numerical Investigation.
Stoyanov, P.; Merz, R.; Romero, P.; Wählisch, F. C.; Abad, O. T.; Gralla, R.; Stemmer, P.; Kopnarski, M.; Moseler, M.; Bennewitz, R.; Dienwiebel, M.
2015. ACS nano, 9 (2), 1478–1491. doi:10.1021/nn505968m
Origins of Folding Instabilities on Polycrystalline Metal Surfaces.
Beckmann, N.; Romero, P. A.; Linsler, D.; Dienwiebel, M.; Stolz, U.; Moseler, M.; Gumbsch, P.
2014. Applied physics reviews, 2 (6), Art.Nr.: 064004. doi:10.1103/PhysRevApplied.2.064004
Micro- and Nanotribology of Graphene.
Dienwiebel, M.; Bennewitz, R.
2015. Fundamentals of Friction and Wear on the Nanoscale, 453–460, Springer Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-10560-4_20
Superlubric to stick-slip sliding of incommensurate graphene flakes on graphite.
Van Wijk, M. M.; Dienwiebel, M.; Frenken, J. W. M.; Fasolino, A.
2013. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 88 (23). doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.88.235423
Nanoscale sliding friction phenomena at the interface of diamond-like carbon and tungsten.
Stoyanov, P.; Romero, P. A.; Merz, R.; Kopnarski, M.; Stricker, M.; Stemmer, P.; Dienwiebel, M.; Moseler, M.
2014. Acta Materialia, 67, 395–408. doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2013.12.029
The running-in mechanisms of binary brass studied by in-situ topography measurements.
Feser, T.; Stoyanov, P.; Mohr, F.; Dienwiebel, M.
2013. Wear, 303 (1-2), 465–472. doi:10.1016/j.wear.2013.03.047
Friction and wear mechanisms of tungsten-carbon systems: A comparison of dry and lubricated conditions.
Stoyanov, P.; Stemmer, P.; Järvi, T. T.; Merz, R.; Romero, P. A.; Scherge, M.; Kopnarski, M.; Moseler, M.; Fischer, A.; Dienwiebel, M.
2013. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 5 (13), 6123–6135. doi:10.1021/am4010094
Microstructure, properties and microtribological performance of magnetron-sputtered V-C coatings.
Stüber, M.; Stoyanov, P.; Nold, E.; Dienwiebel, M.; Ulrich, S.
2013. 40th Internat.Conf.on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF), San Diego, Calif., April 29 - May 3, 2013
In situ observation of wear particle formation on lubricated sliding surfaces.
Korres, S.; Feser, T.; Dienwiebel, M.
2011. Acta Materialia, 60 (1), 420–429. doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2011.09.046
Friction and Wear on Single-Layer Epitaxial Graphene in Multi-Asperity Contacts.
Marchetto, D.; Held, C.; Hausen, F.; Wählisch, F.; Dienwiebel, M.; Bennewitz, R.
2012. Tribology Letters, 48 (1), 77–82. doi:10.1007/s11249-012-9945-4
Experimental and numerical atomistic investigation of the third body formation process in dry tungsten/tungsten-carbide tribo couples.
Stoyanov, P.; Romero, P.; Scherge, M.; Moseler, M.; Dienwiebel, M.; Fischer, A.
2012. Tribology Letters, 50 (1), 67–80. doi:10.1007/s11249-012-0085-7
Design and testing of ultrahigh vacuum microtribometer.
Marchetto, D.; Benzig, R.; Korres, S.; Dienwiebel, M.
2012. Tribology - Materials, Surfaces & Interfaces, 6 (3), 95–101. doi:10.1179/1751584X12Y.0000000012
On the tribochemical action of engine soot.
Antusch, S.; Dienwiebel, M.; Nold, E.; Peter, A.; Scherge, M.; Spicher, U.
2010. Wear, 269 (1-2), 1–12. doi:10.1016/j.wear.2010.02.028
Angewandte Nanotribologie: Reibungs- und Verschleißforschung auf der Nanoskala in technischen Anwendungen. habilitation thesis.
Dienwiebel, M.
2011. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
The effect of sample finishing on the tribology of metal/metal lubricated contacts.
Berlet, P.; Dienwiebel, M.; Scherge, M.
2010. Wear, 268 (11-12), 1518–1523. doi:10.1016/j.wear.2010.02.030
Message from the Scientific Organizers (Guest Editorial).
Dienwiebel, M.; Scherge, M.; Gumbsch, P.
2010. Tribology Letters, 39 (1), 1. doi:10.1007/s11249-009-9482-y
Design and construction of a novel tribometer with online topography and wear measurement.
Korres, S.; Dienwiebel, M.
2010. Review of Scientific Instruments, 81 (6), 063904/1–7