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Mechanisms Controlling Friction And Adhesion At The Atomic Length-Scale, Xin Zhou Liu Jan 2015

Mechanisms Controlling Friction And Adhesion At The Atomic Length-Scale, Xin Zhou Liu

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A lack of understanding of the fundamental mechanisms governing atomic-scale adhesion and friction creates ongoing challenges as technologically-relevant devices are miniaturized. One major class of failure mechanisms of such devices results from high friction, adhesion, and wear. This thesis presents investigations into methods by which atomic-scale friction and adhesion can be controlled. Using atomic force microscopy (AFM), friction and adhesion properties of graphene were examined. While friction between the tip and graphene depends on thickness, as explained by the â??puckering effectâ??, adhesion is independent of the thickness when measured conventionally. However, adhesion is transiently higher when measured after the ...