Engineering seminar to focus on friction and material wear

Published: Nov 12, 2010 12:00:00 PM
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Izabela Szlufarska

Izabela Szlufarska, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “Atomistic Insights into Friction and Adhesion at the Nanoscale,” on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the McMillan Auditorium, 136 Ross Hall. Her lecture is hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Chemical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series.

Szlufarska will talk on phenomena that contribute to friction and wear on materials at the nanoscale, including the effect of surface coverage and the role of grain boundaries and their chemical composition. Her research investigates surface and interfacial phenomena in nanotribology, nanostructured materials and materials for nuclear energy. She has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award and Air Force Office of Scientific Research young investigator program award. Her work has been published in leading journals, including Science and Nature.

Contributed by Katie Mullinax