Atom-probe tomography of tribological boundary films resulting from boron-based oil additives

Yoon Jun Kim, Sung Il Baik, Leonardo Bertolucci-Coelho, Luca Mazzaferro, Giovanni Ramirez, Ali Erdermir, David N. Seidman*

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Correlative characterization using atom-probe tomography (APT) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed on a tribofilm formed during sliding frictional testing with a fully formulated engine oil, which also contains a boron-based additive. The tribofilm formed is ∼15 nm thick and consists of oxides of iron and compounds of B, Ca, P, and S, which are present in the additive. This study provides strong evidence for boron being embedded in the tribofilm, which effectively reduces friction and wear losses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-67
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
StatePublished - Jan 15 2016


  • Atom-probe tomography
  • Boron oxide
  • Lubricant
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Tribofilm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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