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Jean marie dubois

Jean marie dubois

Université de Lorraine, France

Title: Low friction, wear resistant quasicrystalline coatings


Biography: Jean marie dubois


Quasicrystals were discovered in 1982 by Shechtman,1 Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011, and have since been the focus of intense research regarding their atomic structure, their properties and potential usefulness.2 Among the few niches of application that were sorted out so far is the possibility to use them as a low friction counterpart in mechanical devices. Typical friction coefficients pointed out against hard steel is indeed about half that observed with conventional metallic metals or with hard steel sliding against itself. Wear during short pin-on-disk tests is also very much reduced. The intrinsic brittleness of quasicrystals is however very much detrimental to such an application, which therefore could not be implemented on realistic devices. We came however to a totally different issue in recent years when we could show3 that an appropriately prepared quasicrystalline coating can produce friction as low as 6% against hard steel and sintered tungsten carbide whereas wear is negligible for extremely long pin-on-disk tests (i.e. lasting for at least 5 km), see left hand side of the image. The talk will summarize our findings in this area and show how low friction is related to the specific electronic structure of quasicrystals, which determines their surface energy4. An overview on other characteristic application niches of quasicrystals will be given


Recent Publications :

  1. D. Shechtman et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 53(20) (1984) 1951-1955.
  2. J.M. Dubois, Useful Quasicrystals, World Scientific, Singapore, 2005.
  3. B.A. Silva Guedes de Lima et al., STAM 17-1 (2016) 71-79.
  4. J.M. Dubois & E. Belin-Ferré, STAM 15 (2014) 034804 (20pp).
  5. J.M. Dubois, Chem. Soc. Rev. 41 (2012) 4760-4777.