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This review focuses on the effect of metal-containing nanomaterials on tribological performance in oil lubrication. The basic data on nanolubricants based on nanoparticles of metals, metal oxides, metal sulfides, nanocomposities, and rare-earth compounds are generalized. The influence of nanoparticle size, morphology, surface functionalization, and concentration on friction and wear is analyzed. The lubrication mechanisms of nanolubricants are discussed. The problems and prospects for the development of metal-containing nanomaterials as lubricant additives are considered. The bibliography includes articles published during the last five years.

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Metal-containing nanomaterials as lubricant additives: State-of-the-art and future development

Show Author's information Igor E. UFLYAND1( )Vladimir A. ZHINZHILO1Victoria E. BURLAKOVA2
Department of Chemistry, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don 344006, Russian Federation
Department of Chemistry, Don State Technical University, Rostov-on-Don 344010, Russian Federation


This review focuses on the effect of metal-containing nanomaterials on tribological performance in oil lubrication. The basic data on nanolubricants based on nanoparticles of metals, metal oxides, metal sulfides, nanocomposities, and rare-earth compounds are generalized. The influence of nanoparticle size, morphology, surface functionalization, and concentration on friction and wear is analyzed. The lubrication mechanisms of nanolubricants are discussed. The problems and prospects for the development of metal-containing nanomaterials as lubricant additives are considered. The bibliography includes articles published during the last five years.

Keywords: coefficient of friction, metal-containing nanomaterials, nanolubricants, nanoparticles, wear


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Received: 18 August 2018
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Accepted: 28 November 2018
Published: 02 March 2019
Issue date: April 2019


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