Advances in Lubrication V: Lubricated Contact

An ECI Conference Series

April 12-17, 2015
Cadiz, Spain

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About This Conference

Advances in Lubrication V: Lubricated Contact will cover all aspects of lubrication mechanisms from the nanoscale to the macroscopic scale with emphasis on the influence of lubricant additive chemistry and surface modifications on the lubricated film formation and friction response. Ths will  allow us to establish a link between research groups investigating the chemistry, physics and mechanics of tribological systems from all over the world.

The meeting will be divided into seven or eight sessions with each one concentrating on particular aspects of lubrication. The program will include advances in additives and additive chemistry.

Surface modifications, in terms of chemistry, physics and topography will be discussed. This session could also include progress that has been made in surface analyses. From nanotribology to elastohydrodynamic lubrication, including rheology and surface texturing, we will then analyze various space scale and lubrication regimes. A session will also be dedicated to the subject of biotribology to cover lubrication aspects of biological systems.

Further sessions will be focused on advances on the subject of solid lubrication/wear and ionic liquids for lubrication.  

Confirmed Speakers:

Robert Carpick (University of Pennsylvania, USA) 
“Atomic-scale mechanisms in friction and wear”

Noritsugu Umehara (Nagoya University, Japan) 
“In-situ observation of sliding surface of carboneous hard coatings with reflectance spectroscopy”

Roland Bennewitz (Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien, Germany) 
“Molecular control of nano-scale friction”

Denis Mazuyer (Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France) 
“Surface phenomena and friction in thin film lubrication”

Philippa Cann (Imperial College London, UK)
“Synovial fluid lubrication of artificial joints”

Nicholas D. Spencer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Tailoring surfaces for tribology”

Douglas Jayne (Lubrizol, USA)
“Developing bench tests with real engine hardware”

Mark Rutland (KTH, Sweden)
“Interfacial ordering and nanotribological properties of ionic liquids”

Conference Organization

Chair: Rowena Crockett, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Research and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland.  Email:

Co-Chair: Juliette Cayer-Barrioz, Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systèmes, CNRS UMR5513, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France.  Email:

Organizing Committee:
Saiko Aoki (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Philippa Cann (Imperial College London, UK)
Rosa Espinosa Marzal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Scott S. Perry (University of Florida, USA)
Martin Dienwiebel (Karlsruhe Institut für Technology, Germany)

Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:              January 16, 2015

Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:          February 15, 2015

Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available for this conference. Thus all submissions oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at This Site

The abstract template available at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.

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Conference Venue

Cadiz, Spain–A brief history:  Jutting out of the Bay of Cadiz, and almost entirely surrounded by water, Cadiz lays claim to being Europe’s oldest city.  Legend names Hercules as its founder, although history credits the Phoenicians with establishing the town of Gadir in 11 BC.  Occupied in turn by the Carthaginians, Romans and Moors, the city prospered after the Reconquest on wealth taken from the New World.  In 1587 Sir Francis Drake sacked the city in the first of many British attacks in the war for world trade.  In 1812 Cadiz briefly became Spain’s capital when the nation’s first constitution was declared here.

Tourism: The joy of visiting Cadiz is to wander along the waterfront with its well-tended gardens and open squares before exploring the old town, which is full of narrow alleys busy with market and street life.

 People visiting Cadiz for the first time will probably want to take advantage of the miles and miles of beautiful beaches that the city has to offer.  The city’s mild climate means that beach weather is in effect from May through October, so there is plenty of time to check out some of the best sand in Spain.  The most popular of Cadiz’s beaches is La Caleta, due to its location in the city center. It stretches between two castles, known as San Sebastian and Santa Catalina, and has a length of around 450 meters.  La Playa de La Victoria is the most touristy of beaches in Cadiz, and is about three kilometers long. Many services are available at La Victoria, including hammock rental, water sports, and diving.  Other Cadiz beaches include La Anegada, El Chato, Cortadura, and Santa Maria del Mar.

cádiz_españa_catedral_nu15AL Catedral NeuvaAmong the places to visit is its Catedral Nueva (New Cathedral) which was built on the site of an older one.  One of Spain’s largest cathedrals, it is Baroque and Neo-Classical with its dome of golden-yellow tiles.  The cathedral’s treasures are stored in the Case de la Contaduria, behind the cathedral. 

One should also visit the Museo de Cadiz with its archeological exhibits charting the history of Cadiz and the largest art gallery in Andulusia.  On the third floor are a collection of puppets made for village fiestas.  The Phoenician archeological section displays two large and beautiful white marble sarcophagi, one of a man and the other of a woman, from the 5th century B.C. These were discovered in the shipyards in 1887. These are the main treasure of the museum. There are also jewelry, statuettes, ceramic jars, and other Phoenician artefacts in this section.  The museum also shows Roman archeological artifacts, with many marble statues of the Roman emperors.

The city’s official watchtower of the 18th century, Torre Tavira, has been converted into a camera obscura and on top of the tower which gives viewers an optical effect that makes far objects appear closer than they are.  During the 18th century many local merchants built towers on top of their buildings so that they could scan the seas and watch the approach of ships from the watchtowers.  Many of the ships came from the Americas. There were 160 of these watchtowers built, and about 120 have been conserved. Most of the watchtowers are whitewashed and have decorations with geometric drawings in red ochre colors. These watchtowers were a sign of prestige.  The Torre Tavira was named the official city watchtower because it was the highest (45 meters over the sea) and the Antonio Tavira was the watchman. This watchtower is located at the corner of Calle Marques del Real Tesoro and Calle Sacramento (near the Plaza de las Flores).

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