Molecular Mechanisms in Tribology

Beilstein Nanotechnology Symposium 2018

2 – 4 October 2018

avendi-Hotel am Griebnitzsee, Potsdam, Germany


Scientific Program:


Roland Bennewitz / Leibniz Institute for New Materials

Astrid de Wijn / Norwegian University of Science and Technology

This Symposium wants to bring together tribologists from different disciplines such as physics, chemistry, and materials science in order to further develop the molecular picture of tribological processes and to contribute to the development of materials and methods for friction reduction, wear protection, and lubrication.


The number of participants is limited to around 60 including 20 invited speakers and up to 20 poster presentations. The program is designed specifically to allow sufficient time for discussions and a stimulating exchange of thoughts and ideas.


The scientific program will start on Tuesday, 2 October at 9 am and ends on Thursday, 4 October at late afternoon with Monday and Friday as travelling days.

Confirmed Speakers


Philippa Cann / Imperial College London, UK

Robert W. Carpick / University of Pennslvania, USA

Juliette Cayer-Barrioz / Ecole Centrale Lyon, France

Daniele Dini / Imperial College London, UK

Nuria Espallargas / Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Rosa Espinosa-Marzal / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


Nitya Nand Gosvami / Indian Institute of Science Delhi, India

Seong H. Kim / Penn State University, USA

Qunyang Li / Tsinghua University, China

Nicola Manini / University of Milan, Italy

Ashlie Martini / University of California at Merced, USA

Ernst Meyer / University of Basel, Switzerland

Michael Moseler / Fraunhofer Institute IWM, Freiburg, Germany


Jeong Young Park / KAIST, Korea

Susan Perkin / Oxford University, UK

M. Clelia Righi / Modena University, Italy

Nicholas Spencer / ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Wilfred Tysoe / University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA

Michael Urbakh / Tel Aviv University, Israel

Kathryn Wahl / Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, USA

Hotel Potsdam

Conference Hotel

The conference, lunches and dinners will take place at:

avendi Hotel am Griebnitzsee
Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 190–192
14482 Potsdam

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