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.