News and Events


LubeLab@65 (July 2019)

The Tribology Group (formerly the Lubrication Laboratory) is celebrating its 65th birthday! The lab was founded in 1953 by Dr Alastair Cameron and has been at the forefront of tribology research ever since.

James wins IOP Award (July 2019)

Research Associate Dr James Ewen has been awarded the 2019 Innovation in Tribology Award by Institute of Physics (IOP) for a significant contribution to the advancement of theory and simulations of multi-scale problems in the field of physics and physical chemistry, with particular application to tribology and lubrication science.


Pride month celebrations (June 2019)

The Tribology Group celebrated Pride Month with a cake baked by PhD student Andrea Bernardini.

Amir promoted to Reader (June 2019)

Tribology Group academic Dr Amir Kadiric has been promoted from Senior Lecturer to Reader, congratulations Amir!

Bjorn wins poster prize (March 2019)


PhD student Bjorn Kunzelmann won the best poster prize at the IET New Challenges in Tribology event. His poster title was: 'Experimental and Numerical Studies into the Mechanisms of Surface Crack Propagation under Rolling Contact’. More info here.

Ian elected STLE Fellow (February 2019)

Shell UTC researcher Dr Ian Taylor was recently elected as a Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), congratulations Ian! More details here.

James wins IOP Poster Prize (January 2019)

Research Associate Dr James Ewen was awarded best poster at the Institute of Physics (IOP) Winter Tribology Fair. 

Li awarded EPSRC Impact Acceleration Grant (December 2018)

Research Associate Dr Li Shen has been awarded an EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) grant for his project “Machine-Learning Pattern Recognition Prototype for liquid foams”. The EPSRC IAA grant supports the development of a potentially marketable project to create impact away from a strictly academic setting. The winning project aims to develop a foaming rig and a Machine-Learning analysis algorithm that will enable a consistent quantitative analysis of the foaming process in beverages and oil lubricants. Ab Inbev, Pepsico, Shell and PCS instruments are the industrial partners.

James wins Tribology Trust Bronze Medal (December 2018)


Research Associate Dr James Ewen and Dr Matt Harmon (University of Sheffield) have been jointly awarded the 2018 Tribology Trust Bronze medal. The award will be presented on 6th December 2018 at the 27th IMechE Mission of Tribology. Dr Ewen is the fifth recipient of the Bronze Medal (Prof Dini, Dr Fowell, Dr Reddyhoff, Dr Vladescu) from the Tribology Group, which also boasts three Silver Medals (Prof Spikes, Dr Cann, Prof Olver) and three Gold Medals (Prof Cameron, Prof Spikes, Prof Ioannides).

Friction Cover (December 2018)


A cover image related to the review article 'Advances in nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of lubricants and additives' by Dr James Ewen, Prof David Heyes, and Prof Daniele Dini has been selected for the December 2018 issue of Friction.

Jason and Debashis win Poster Prizes (November 2018)

Research Associates Dr Jie Zhang and Dr Debashis Puhan won first and second prize respectively in the STLE Tribology Frontiers early career researcher poster competition.

Curling Trip (November 2018)

Several members of the group put their tribology knowledge to the test with a trip to Queensway ice rink for some curling!



Li Second in Photo Competition (November 2018)

PhD Student Li Shen has come second in the 'Mechanical Engineering at Imperial' category of the Imperial College Department of Mechanical Engineering photography competition. More details here.

Langmuir Cover (October 2018)

LangmuirA cover image related to the invited feature article 'Moving Contact Lines: Linking Molecular Dynamics and Continuum-Scale Modeling' by Dr Edward Smith, Panagiotis Theodorakis, Richard Craster, and Omar Matar has been selected for the October 2018 issue of Langmuir.

Snowdonia Trip (October 2018)

Several memebers of the lab recently enjoyed a weekend trip to Snowdonia. Some pictures below.


Dame Julia Higgins Engineering Postdoc Collaborative Research Fund (August 2018)

Dr Debashis Puhan from the Tribology Group, along with Diana Iruretagoyena Ferrer, Sarah H M Hedberg, and Di Zhang from the Department of Chemical Engineering, were successful in securing a sum of £ 3,000 from the Dame Julia Higgins Engineering Postdoc Collaborative Research Fund, for their research titled ‘Novel High-Performance Graphene Nanocomposites for Industrial CO2 Capture’.

Jonas Wins Best Presentation Prize (May 2018)

PhD Student Jonas Verschueren won the best talk prize at the 5th TSM-CDT Annual Conference. His talk was entitled: 'The role of dislocation-lattice interactions in the mobility of dislocations in the pure-glide regime'. More info here.

Royal Society Travel Grant (May 2018)

Prof Daniele Dini, Dr Edward Smith, and Dr James Ewen have recently been awarded an International Exchanges Grant from the Royal Society. The grant will be used to visit Prof Billy Todd at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

ELGI Visit (April 2018)


Around 50 delegates attending the 30th European Lubricants and Greases Institute (ELGI) AGM in London visited Imperial College on 24th April 2018. They were welcomed by Prof Daniele Dini who gave an overview of the research that the group does, followed by poster presentations and coffee sponsored by PCS Instruments, and finally a tour of the tribology labs.

EDEN2020 Project Video (March 2018)

A project video for EDEN2020 has been posted on Youtube. Several researchers from the Tribology Group are involved in the project which aims to develop an integrated platform for one-stop diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment in neurosurgery.

Rachel Wins IET Poster Prize (March 2018)

PhD Student Rachel Januszewski won the best poster presentation prize at the 2018 Institute of Engineering and Technology New Challenges in Tribology event.

Li Wins EPSRC Photo Prize (February 2018)

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PhD Student Li Shen has won 1st prize in the 'Eureka and Discovery' category of the 2018 EPSRC Science Photo Competition. His entry, 'In a kitchen far far away...', was taken using a highly customised set-up comprising two Quality Street biscuit tins, an oven tray, parts of a Tesco water bottle, a piece of transparency paper, Fairy Liquid, a builder's lamp and a DSLR camera. More details here.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships (February 2018)

Tribology Group member Dr Alessandra Ciniero and former member Dr Antonio Elia Forte have both secured Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual FellowshipsAlessandra will be based at the University of Modena, Italy under the supervision of Prof Maria Clelia Righi, a collaborator of the Tribology Group. Antonio will be moving to Harvard University, USA.Nico

Nicola Appointed SKF UTC Research Manager (January 2018)

Dr Nicola de Laurentis has been appointed Research Manager for the SKF UTC. Congratulations Nico!

Significant Interest in 3D Printing Research (December 2017)


Recent research from members of the Tribology Group (Zhengchu Tan, Prof Daniele Dini) on the EDEN2020 project has attracted significant global attention. The research 'Cryogenic 3D Printing of Super Soft Hydrogels' was published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports and has been picked up by news agencies around the world. More details here.

James Wins Margaret Fishenden Centenary Memorial Prize (November 2017)


Research Associate Dr James Ewen has been awarded the Margaret Fishenden Centenary Memorial Prize from the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the best PhD thesis over the previous five year period. His thesis ‘Molecular dynamics simulations of lubricants and additives’ is currently under embargo but the resultant publications can be found here. He has also been awarded a Doctoral Prize Fellowship from the EPSRC.

Sorin Wins Tribology Trust Bronze Medal (November 2017)


Research Associate Dr. Sorin-Cristian Vlădescu has been awarded the Tribology Trust Bronze Medal from the IMechE for his research. He joins several other senior members of the Tribology Group in receiving the award. More details here.

Women in Engineering (November 2017)

In a youtube video for Elsevier, five members of the Biotribology Group (Elze Porte, Harriet Stevenson, Zhengchu Tan, Dr. Maria Parkes, Dr. Phillppa Cann) described their work, their aspirations for the future, and advice for other women considering careers in engineering. Watch the video here.

EPSRC Fund Mechanochemistry Research (July 2017)

The EPSRC have announced grant funding for 'Mechanochemistry in Lubrication' (EP/P030211/1) led by Prof Hugh Spikes (PI), Prof Daniele Dini, and Dr Janet Wong. The research will combine state-of-the-art experimental and simulation methods to understand how the mechanical forces on additive molecules affect how they form tribofilms.

Elze Wins PhD Summer Showcase Prize (June 2017)


Biotribology PhD student Elze Porte has been awarded a poster prize in the PhD Summer Showcase organised by the Imperial Graduate School. In the Summer Showcase over 70 posters were presented by PhD students from around the College. Elze won the 2nd prize with her poster ‘Low friction through load sharing in hydrogels’. View her poster here.

Debashis Wins IET and WoM Poster Prizes (May 2017)


PhD Student Debashis Puhan won the Best Poster Prize at the The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Challenges in Tribology event, more details here. He was also runner up for the Peter J Blau Best Poster Award at the Wear of Materials (WoM) conference in Long Beach, CA. More details here.

Tribology Group Win President's Award (May 2017)

The Tribology Group has won the 2017 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 (April 2017)

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. 

Welcome Pawel (March 2017)


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!

Ski Trip (February 2017)

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

Tribology Group Research Featured in Science News (February 2017)

Research by PhD Student Li Shen and Professor Daniele Dini has been featured in Science News. See the full article here.

Tribology Group Alumni on Channel 4 Documentary (January 2017)

A former member of the Tribology Group, Prof Rob Dwyer-Joyce (now University of Sheffield) featured in a Channel 4 doucmentary about Beijing's Forbidden City. He discussed the possible role of ice tribology in moving the huge stone blocks to the construction site. The documentary can be found here.

James Wins IMechE Prize (December 2016)


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

Li Wins APS Prize (December 2016)

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 (May 2016)


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 (EP/N025954/1), please join us in congratulating him!

Alessandra Wins STLE and ICL Prizes (May 2016)

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 (February 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 (January 2016)

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 (January 2016)

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 opportunities for projects in collaboration with the Tribology Group are available through the Doctoral Training Centre in Theory and Simulation of Materials (TSM-CDT).


TriboUK 2019

The 16th annual TriboUK conference will be held on 10-11th July 2019 at the Institute of Functional Surfaces, University of Leeds. More information here.

STLE Annual Meeting 2019

The 74th STLE Annual Meeting was held in May 2019, more information here.

IET New Challenges in Tribology 2019

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) held thier annual 'New Challenges in Tribology' event at The IET Birmingham: Austin Court on 26-27th March 2019. More information here.

First National Tribology Conference 2019

The First National Tribology Conference: Future Cities and Mobility, organised by the UK Tribology Network, a collaboration between five professional bodies (IoP, IET, IOM3, IMechE and RSC), was held at National Physical Laboratory, Teddington on 21st February 2019. More details here.

IOP Tribology Winter Fair 2019

The Institute of Physics (IOP) Tribology Group will hold its annual Tribology Winter Fair on 15th January 2019. The event was held at the new Institute of Physics building near Kings Cross.

27th IMechE Mission of Tribology Research 2018

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) hosted the 27th Mission of Tribology Research seminar on 6th December 2018. Dr James Ewen was awarded the Tribology Trust Bronze Medal and PhD students Ben Wainwright and Jun Wen gave presentations on thier work. More information here.

IOP Physics of Lubricant Additives 2018

The Institute of Physics (IOP) Tribology Group are organising a one-day meeting on the 16th November 2018 on Physics of Lubricant Additives, to coincide with their AGM. Post-doc Dr Joanna Dawcyz will be giving an invited talk on her PhD work. More details here.

STLE Tribology Frontiers 2018

The STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference was held 28-31st October 2018 in The Drake Hotel Chicago, USA. Several members of the group (2 academics, 2 PhD students, 7 RAs) attended the conference which was co-organised by Professor Daniele Dini.

ICoBT 2018 

The 4rd International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT) was held between 26-29th September 2018 at the Hyatt Regency, Montreal, Canada. The conference was co-chaired by Dr Marc Masen from the Tribology Group. For more information, see here.

APS and ACS 2018

Several researchers from the Tribology Group presented thier research at the Spring Meetings of the American Physical Society (APS) and American Chemical Society (ACS) held in Los Angeles 5-9th March 2018 and New Orleans 18-22nd March respectively. More details here (APS) and here (ACS).

IET New Challenges in Tribology 2018

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) held a two-day event entitled 'New Challenges in Tribology' at The IET Birmingham: Austin Court on 14-15th March 2018. Professor Hugh Spikes gave a talk on mechanochemistry in liquids at the event. More information here.

21st International Colloquium Tribology 2018

The 21st International Colloquium Tribology took place from 9-11th January 2018, at the Technische Akademie Esslingen e.V. in Ostfildern, Germany. For more than 40 years this colloquium has been Europe’s most important meeting for tribologists from all over the world, a platform for exchange of knowledge and networking between industry and universities. Detailed information on the colloquium can be found at:

WTC 2017


30 members of the Tribology Group attended the 6th World Tribology Congress (WTC) held in Beijing, China on 17-22nd September 2017. There were over 30 presentations from Imperial authors and Professor Spikes gave an insightful plenery lecture on 'Mechanochemistry in Tribology'. More information here.

MMM Hub Launch Event 2017

Professor Daniele Dini presented at the Materials and Molecular Modelling (MMM) Hub, co-hosted by The Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES) and the Thomas Young Centre at UCL in London on 14th September 2017. More details here.

IMechE Tribology Modelling Workshop 2017

PhD Student James Ewen presented his research at the IMechE event, 'Tribology Modelling: Friction and wear prediction across the scales' at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on 13th September 2017. He joined top experts in tribology modelling from academia and industry and presented on cutting edge methods in molecular simulations of lubricants and additives. More details here.

PCS@30 2017

On 8th September 2017, A spin-off company from the Tribology Group, PCS Instruments recently celebrated thier 30th Anniversary at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Talks were given by PCS staff as well as members of the Imperial College Tribology Group. Pictures from the event can be found here.PCS@30

Leeds-Lyon 2017

Members of the Tribology Group attended the 44th Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology in Lyon, France on 4-6th September 2017. More details here.

RSC Challenges in Tribology 2017

Professor Hugh Spikes presented at the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in thier 'Chemical Challenges in Tribology' event on 19th July 2017. More details here.

Professor Dini's Inaugural Lecture 2017

Professor Daniele Dini gave his inaugural lecture on on Tuesday 13th June 2017 in the Mechanical Engineering Department. A link to the talk on YouTube can be found here.


STLE Annual Meeting 2017

Several Imperial researchers traveled to Atlanta, GA to present thier work at the STLE Annual Meeting on 20-25th May 2017. Over 500 technical presentations were given by tribologists from all over the world during the week-long event.

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.


ACS 2017

Researchers from the Tribology Group presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA from 2-6th April 2017.

Wear of Materials 2017

Tribology Group members presented at the 21st Wear of Materials conference Long Beach, CA from 26-30th March 2017.

Lorentz Center Workshop 2017

From 30th January to 3rd February 2017 Professor Daniele Dini and PhD student James Ewen from the Shell UTC attended a 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.

APS 2016

The 69th Annual Meeting of the APS (American Physical Society) Division of Fluid Dynamics, held in Portland, OR, between 20–22th November 2016, was attended by members of the Tribology Group.

STLE Tribology Frontiers 2016

Several members of the Tribology Group presented thier research at the STLE Tribology Frontiers conference in Chicago, IL between 13-15th November 2016.

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:


ACS 2016

Researchers from the Tribology Group presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall Meeting in Philadelphia, PA from August 21-25th 2016.

STLE Annual Meeting 2016

A strong Imperial contingent traveled to Las Vegas, NV for the STLE Annual Meeting from 15-19th May 2016. Over 500 technical presentations were given by tribologists from all over the world during the week-long event. Over ten talks were given by staff and students in the Tribology Group at Imperial College London. 

Esslingen 2016

Several Tribology Group Members attended the 20th International Colloquium Tribology in Esslingen, Germany from 12-14th January 2016.

Lists of Tribology Conferences

Lists of worldwide tribology conferences can be found here: