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Tribology Group Win President's Award

The Tribology Group has won the Imperial College London President’s Award and Medal for Excellence in External Collaboration and Partnerships. This award celebrates the development of lasting external collaborations, and the impact of their research inside and outside Imperial. More information here.

Tribology Group Research Featured in Science Daily

Research by Professor Daniele Dini, in collaboration with universities in Lanzhou, China and Salento, Italy has been featured in Science Daily. The research investigated switchable underwater adhesion using nanohydrogel brushes. 

PhD Studentship Available in Tribology of Mechanical Transmissions

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of tribology, leading to the award of a PhD degree. The studentship is fully funded with a tax free bursary of circa £20k pa and fees (at the UK/EU student rate only) provided by the industrial sponsor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The PhD will be based in the Tribology Group, which is a multidisciplinary research group based in the Mechanical Engineering Department. It is one of the largest academic tribology groups in the world and carries out world-leading research in both fundamental and applied aspects of tribology.

The research involves experimental and numerical studies into the phenomenon of micro-pitting damage (rolling contact fatigue on roughness asperity level) in lubricated, non-conformal contacts under conditions pertinent to gear applications. Micro-pitting tests will be performed with gear steels and under controlled contact conditions using a triple-disc rolling contact fatigue machine. The aim is to establish the relative influence of a range of factors, including surface roughness characteristics, contact pressure and kinematics, lubricant composition and material properties. Using the findings from these experiments and extensive contact mechanics modelling tools available in the Tribology Group at Imperial College, the student will then devise a model for prediction of micropitting damage extent in gear teeth contacts under conditions typical of industrial gearing.

The project will involve close collaboration with the sponsors including regular meetings and progress reports. Some travel to Japan, USA and Europe will be required for sponsor meetings and conference presentations. Student will be expected to prepare written reports and journal papers for publication.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st or a 2:1 class degree in mechanical engineering, materials, physics or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Previous experience in tribology and in implementing engineering models in Matlab is desirable but not essential. Good command of English language and team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Kadiric at Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be assessed by College Registry.

More information on how to apply.

Closing date: until post filled

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Welcome Pawel


 The Tribology Group have a new laboratory technician, Pawel Orzlowski, who has moved to us from Chemical Engineering. Please join us in welcoming him to the group!

Daniele and James attend workshop

Professor Daniele Dini and PhD student James Ewen from the Shell UTC recently attended a five-day workshop at the Lorentz Center in the Netherlands on 'Micro/Nanoscale Models for Tribology'. Daniele chaired a session on roughness models and James presented a poster on molecular dynamics simulations of lubricant additives. The workshop was a great success, with many fruitful discussions between some of the world's most prominent researchers in tribology modelling. Description and aims and list of participants.

Ski Trip 2017

The 2017 Tribology Group ski trip to Les Deux Alpes, France was enjoyed by all who attended.

James wins IMechE Prize

PhD student James Ewen from the Shell UTC recently won the 2016 Research 25 Prize for Best Talk at the IMechE Mission of Tribology. More information here.

Li wins APS Prize

PhD student Li Shen from the Shell UTC recently won the Gallery Award in the 2016 American Physical Society's Gallery of Fluid motion competition. More information here.

Daniele awarded Professorship and EPSRC Fellowship

Head of the Tribology Group, Daniele Dini has recently been awarded a Professorship in Tribology as well as an Established Career Fellowship from the EPSRC, please join us in congratulating him!

STLE Annual Meeting 2016

A strong Imperial contingent traveled to Las Vegas, NV for the 2016 STLE Annual Meeting. Over 500 technical presentations were given by tribologists from all over the world during the week-long event. More than ten talks were given by staff and students in the Tribology Group at Imperial College London.

Alessandra wins STLE and ICL Prizes

PhD student Alessandra Ciniero won the Poster Competition at both the 2015 Imperial College London PhD Research Showcase and the 2016 STLE Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

Ski Trip 2016


The 2016 edition of the annual Tribology Group ski trip was a great success with more than a dozen lab members traveling to Cortina, Italy for a well-deserved break.

Sorin wins STLE and IOP Prizes

Research Associate Dr Sorin-Cristian Vlădescu won the Platinum Poster Award (First Place) at the 2015 STLE Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX. He also won the 2016 best poster presentation prize during the Institute of Physics' Winter Tribology Fair.

New Labs

We are back! After a year spent in the lower levels of the Mechanical Engineering Department as part of the City and Guilds Building refurbishment we returned in October 2015 to our beautifully modernised laboratories on levels 4 and 5. Please feel free to visit us and admire.



Current PhD and PDRA vacancies are listed on the Tribology Group homepage. Please contact a member of the academic staff if you are interested in a PhD or Research Associate position within the Tribology Group. See the projects page for more information about our research.

Other vacancies for projects in collaboration with the Tribology Group:

  • Apply to the Doctoral Training Centre in Theory and Simulation of Materials (TSM-CDT)


TriboUK 2017

The Tribology Group at Imperial College London hosted TriboUK on 27-28th April 2017

The event was a great success, with over 100 delegates attending from universities all over the UK and Europe!

For more information, see here.


ICoBT 2016

The Tribology Group at Imperial College London hosted the 3rd International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT) on 11-14th September 2016

For more information, see:


Worldwide Tribology Conferences

Lists of worldwide tribology conferences can be found here: