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

Surface Depassivation via B–O Dative Bonds Affects the Friction Performance of B-Doped Carbon Coatings
Peeters, S.; Kuwahara, T.; Härtwig, F.; Makowski, S.; Weihnacht, V.; Lasagni, A. F.; Dienwiebel, M.; Moseler, M.; Moras, G.
2024. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. doi:10.1021/acsami.3c18803
Studying the Function of Surface-active Lubricant Components by Surface Analytical Methods
Dienwiebel, M.; Rühle, T.
2023, September 30. 9th International Tribology Conference (ITC 2023), Fukuoka, Japan, September 25–30, 2023
Graphite Lubrication: Humidity-dependence and Structural Transformation of Highly Loaded Contacts Graphite and a Structural Transition (Keynote)
Dienwiebel, M.
2023, September 29. 9th International Tribology Conference (ITC 2023), Fukuoka, Japan, September 25–30, 2023
On the humidity dependence of highly loaded graphite contacts
Dienwiebel, M.; Morstein, C.; Klemenz, A.; Moseler, M.
2023, September 22. 10th Tribochemistry (2023), Beppu, Japan, September 22–24, 2023
On the humidity dependence of highly loaded graphite contacts
Dienwiebel, M.
2023, September 19. 99th IROAST Seminar (2023), Kumamoto, Japan, September 19–20, 2023
Influence of high temperatures on the friction and wear of highly stressed tribological systems
Dienwiebel, M.; König, T.; Kimpel, T.; Kürten, D.; Kailer, A.
2023, May 22. 49th International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF 2023), San Diego, CA, USA, May 21–26, 2023
Influence of atmospheres on the friction and wear of cast iron against chromium plated steel at high temperatures
König, T.; Kimpel, T.; Kürten, D.; Kailer, A.; Dienwiebel, M.
2023. Wear, Article no: 204695. doi:10.1016/j.wear.2023.204695
Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes for Solid Lubrication of Highly Loaded Contacts
MacLucas, T.; Klemenz, A.; Grünewald, P.; Presser, V.; Mayrhofer, L.; Moras, G.; Suarez, S.; Dienwiebel, M.; Mücklich, F.; Moseler, M.
2023. ACS Applied Nano Materials, 6 (3), 1755–1769. doi:10.1021/acsanm.2c04729
Gas phase lubrication study with an organic friction modifier
Eickworth, J.; Wagner, J.; Daum, P.; Dienwiebel, M.; Rühle, T.
2023. Lubrication Science, (1), 40–55. doi:10.1002/ls.1620
Humidity-dependent lubrication of highly loaded contacts by graphite and a structural transition to turbostratic carbon
Morstein, C. E.; Klemenz, A.; Dienwiebel, M.; Moseler, M.
2022. Nature Communications, 13 (1), Art.Nr. 5958. doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33481-9
Nanoscale mechanisms of graphite lubrication in technical systems (keynote)
Dienwiebel, M.
2022, August 17. Friction and Wear Across Scales (2022), Ascona, Switzerland, August 15–18, 2022
In-Situ Adsorption of Friction Modifier Additives: A Combined QCM-D and CLSM Study
Eickworth, J.; Wagner, J.; Daum, P.; Rühle, T.; Dienwiebel, M.
2022, July 14. 7th World Tribology Congress (WTC 2022), Lyon, France, July 10–15, 2022
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
Correlation of wear behaviour and microstructural evolution in Mg–Zn–Y alloys with long-period stacking ordered phase
Takagi, K.; Hashamova, E.; Dienwiebel, M.; Mine, Y.; Takashima, K.
2021. Wear, 482–483, Art. Nr.: 203983. doi:10.1016/j.wear.2021.203983
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
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