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Methionine as a friction modifier for tungsten carbide functionalized surfaces via in-situ tribo-chemical reactions
AC2T research GmbH.
AC2T research GmbH.
AC2T research GmbH.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Machine Elements.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8972-2944
2017 (English)In: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, E-ISSN 2168-0485Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This work presents a novel method for generating in-situ low friction tribofilms in lubricated contacts using α-amino acid L-methionine as additive. Methionine is an environmentally acceptable natural organosulphur compound that is typically used in food industry. Our approach relies in the use of steel surfaces functionalized with tungsten carbide particles that are tailored to interact with methionine via a tribo-chemical reaction. The results show that after an induction period, the friction drops dramatically by 60% down to values of 0.06 when methionine was used as additive in lubricated tungsten carbide functionalized surfaces. The low friction could only be achieved by the coexistence of tungsten from the functionalized surfaces and sulphur from methionine, which led to the presence of tribo-chemically generated tribofilms. Ab-initio simulations indicate that the tribo-chemical reaction for forming tungsten disulphide is energetically favourable, thus attributing the observed friction reduction mechanism to the in-situ formation of this compound during the sliding process. The concept of functionalizing surfaces to react with specific additives opens up a wide range of possibilities, which allows tuning surfaces to target specific additive interactions. This synergy can be exploited for using novel green additive technology, thus allowing more environmentally friendly formulations with outstanding tribological performance.

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American Chemical Society (ACS), 2017.
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Tribology
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Machine Elements
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-64475DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b01258OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-64475DiVA: diva2:1114858
Available from: 2017-06-26 Created: 2017-06-26 Last updated: 2017-06-26

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