Acid Treatment of Diamond-Like Carbon Surfaces for Enhanced Adsorption of Friction Modifiers and Friction Performance

Arman Mohammad Khan, Xingliang He, Hongxing Wu, Michael Desanker, Ali Erdemir, Yip Wah Chung*, Q. Jane Wang

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Abstract

Diamond-like carbon (DLC) is a class of amorphous carbon materials used as wear-resistant coatings in tribo-components. The chemical inertness of DLC surfaces, while important in many applications, makes them incompatible with additives in commercial lubricants. Specifically, DLC surfaces do not permit strong adsorption of friction modifier molecules. This study aims at improving the adsorption of these friction modifier molecules on DLC surfaces through an acid treatment. Water contact angle measurements show that such a treatment results in improved hydrophilicity of the DLC. XPS analysis demonstrates 50% increase in the uptake of ArmeenT, an organic friction modifier, on DLC after the acid treatment. This increased ArmeenT adsorption is accompanied by marked decrease in friction in micro-scale friction experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number128
JournalTribology Letters
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Keywords

  • DLC
  • Friction modifiers
  • Surface adsorption
  • Surface treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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