PriestProfessor Martin Priest. Jost Professor of Engineering Tribology at the University of Leeds.  Chairman of the Leeds contribution to the Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology and Associate Editor of the journal Tribology Transactions.   His interests encompass fundamental studies of lubrication, friction and wear; application of tribology to the lifecycle of engineering systems and the tribology of internal combustion engines. His research is both experimental and theoretical in nature. Title: Friction and durability of the piston/cylinder interface of reciprocating engines.


MateProfessor Mathew Mate. Bachelor in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981 and PhD in Physics from the same university in 1986.  Afterwards he began to work at the IBM Almaden Research Center in the area of tribology research. When IBM sold its disk drive business to Hitachi in 2003, his research organization became part of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, and, then when Hitachi sold this business to Western Digital in 2012, it became part of HGST, a Western Digital company. Dr. Mate's research interests at IBM, Hitachi, and HGST have focused on understanding how friction and lubrication occur at the atomic and molecular levels. Initially, this work has involved pioneering the use of the atomic force microscope to study tribological phenomena.  He has also conducted seminal studies on the physical properties of molecularly thin polymer films that are important for lubrication. More recently, this research has centred on understanding friction, lubrication, and wear of recording heads flying over disk surfaces inside of disk drives. In 2001, he was awarded the MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society in recognition of his pioneering studies of friction at the atomic and molecular level, and, in 2012, he received the International Award from the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society, the AVS, and the Materials Research Society. Title: Understanding of Lubrication at the Molecular level and its Impact on Technology


CavaleiroProfessor Albano Cavaleiro. Full Professor in the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In 1990, he received a Ph.D. from Coimbra University on the field of Mechanical Engineering. His field of research and publications is very diversified as e.g. on materials and surface engineering, deposition and characterization of thin films, tribology, nanocrystalline/nanocomposite materials. He participated in more than 30 research projects (responsible in more than 20). He was invited for talks in about 30 international conferences on his field. He supervise(d) 14 PhD students and has an extensive evaluating activity for national and international research agencies. He published more than 200 papers in international journals of SCI. Title: Close to zero friction of sliding induced self-alignment of transition metal dichalcogenides coatings.


MuserProfessor Martin Müser. Diploma in Physics from Saarland University in 1992 and PhD in Theoretical Physics from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 1995. He spent his postdoctoral time in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University and in the Physics & Astronomy Department at The Johns Hopkins University. In 2002, he became professor of Applied Mathematics at Western University in London, Ontario. After a Sabbatical year at IBM, T.J. Watson, New York, he moved to Saarland University in 2009, where he holds the chair of Material Simulations in the Department of Materials Science and Technology. Since 2011, he also heads the Computational Materials Research Group at the supercomputing Centre of Forschungszentrum Jülich. Prof. Müser's research interests focus on the simulation of materials, in particular in non‐equilibrium. His best‐known contributions elucidate the atomistic origin of friction and the contact mechanics between solids with rough surfaces. A large fraction of his work is concerned with model and algorithm development, such as the design of the first polarizable force field for the description of redox reactions. In 2003,  he received the Young  Innovator Award from Petro Canada and in 2004 the Premier's Research Excellence Award by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ontario. He was named Faculty Scholar by Western University in 2008 and Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society in 2013. Title: Friction mechanisms at small and large scales: New insights from computer simulations.