Abdel Dorgham

Abdel Dorgham

Project summary

My PhD project is all about developing new methodologies, which can facilitate examination of tribocorrosion processes, friction and wear and the associated change in the mechanical and rheological properties of ultra-thin tribofilms in a way that currently is not possible. 

Since the beginnig of my project some significant progress has been made thus far. I have developed a new rig that enables studying the tribocorrosion processes in real time and under realistic conditions using synchrotron X-ray adsorption spectroscopy (XAS) and Raman spectroscopy. In addition, I developed a new methodology for mapping the transient tribological and rheological properties of tribofilms using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The developed techniques can provide significant insights into the reaction kinetics of the formation and removal mechanisms of tribofilms. This ultimately will improve the predictability and accuracy of the currently used friction and wear models and the newly developed models by ESR3 and ESR4. 

In-situ techniques developed by the ESR


  • Dec. 2016 PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK.  
    Specialized in tribo-rheology of ultra-thin tribological and thermal films

  • July 2011 MSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, GPA – 19.6/20 (Excellent).
    Specialized in solid state rheology and mechanics of various materials including:
    • Polymers
    • Blends
  • July 2012 MSc in Chemical Engineering, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, GPA – 16.4/20 (Great distinction).
    Specialized in the physical chemistry and soft matter rheology of various materials including:
    • Polymers
    • Blends
    • Colloidal Dispersions (suspensions, emulsions and foams)
  • March 2009 BSc in Civil Engineering, Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine, GPA – 18.2/20 (Excellent).
    Specialised in the mechanics of structural materials.

  • July 2003 GCSE Examination (University Entrance Exam), Palestine, GPA – 19.6/20.




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University of Leeds SKF University of Twente Volvo  Afton Chemicals Hauzer Techno

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