News and Events


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

Deputy 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.



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 will be hosting TriboUK on 27-28th April 2017

TriboUK is a conference specifically aimed to bring together PhD students in the field of tribology. The conference offers an excellent opportunity for young researchers to share their work with peers and to build a network both in academia and industry. This event is organised by students from a different UK university each year. This year’s event is organised by Imperial College London.

The conference will include oral and poster presentations from PhD students, keynote speakers and social events such as a drinks reception and a conference dinner.

Conference registration is now open (until 23/03/17).

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: