Uppsala University is Sweden’s oldest and one of the leading research universities in Europe. The Tribomaterials Group is part of the Department of Engineering Sciences, the largest Department on the University. The Department is situated at The Ångström Laboratory and hosts 10 research programs, including Applied Materials Science of which The Tribomaterials Group is part.
The Tribomaterials grouphas an ideal position for carrying out a successful activity in the area. The group is one of the leading in the world, with over 30 years experience from a broad range of industrial applications and more fundamental projects which has given a unique combination of high multidisciplinary scientific level and deep insights into the industrial practices and needs. Moreover, the Ångström Laboratory setting offers a very strong academic environment. The combination of equipment for surface analyses, microscopy, Physical Vapour Deposition and Chemical Vapour Deposition coating deposition, and tribological evaluation is outstanding. The advanced instruments frequently used include: High resolution Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with EDS (Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy), High resolution analytical Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), for high resolution microscopy of the internal structure of materials and surface layers, Focussed Ion Beam SEM where we use the focused ion beam to prepare with unique precision cross section samples of the tribologically modified surface layers, for further SEM or TEM studies, X-ray photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS/ESCA) for surface analysis of the outermost atomic layers, White light interference 3D profilometer (Wyko) for high resolution 3D profilometry, X-ray diffraction (XRD) for structural and compositional information of the surface layers, Raman spectroscopy for analysis of surface layers.
So far 54 people have graduated in Tribology from the group. The research has been extensively disseminated in scientific journals, conference proceedings, theses, textbooks and technical reports. Since 1975 the number of peer reviewed publications on topics relating to tribomaterials has passed well beyond 400. The group currently comprises 2 professors, 2 PhDs seniors and 10 PhD students. The Group further hosts an annual 2 day work shop in the area: the Ångström Tribomaterials Day.
More than the strong academic network, the Tribomaterials Group has an unparalleled network of industrial partners with expertise and commercial insights within the Tribomaterials area. Leading material manufarcturers (Sandvik MT, Uddeholm Tooling), coating suppliers (Sandvik Balzers, IonBond (Tixon), and Duroc), world leading component and tool makers (SKF, Sandvik Coromant, Steertec, Kongsberg Automotive and more), system manufacturers (Volvo, Scania, Hägglund Drives, and more) and lubricant suppliers and developers (Agro Oil), as well as leading surface optimisation consultants (Primateria) are all part of the network.