Tribology of graphene: A review

Oleksiy Penkov, Hae Jin Kim, Hyun Joon Kim, Dae Eun Kim

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Graphene has received significant attention due to its combination of remarkable mechanical, thermal, chemical and electrical properties. Furthermore, due to its superior strength, graphene has great potential for use as an ultra-thin protective coating for various precision components. In this paper, the latest developments in tribological applications of graphene, theoretical simulations of graphene friction and preparation methods are reviewed. It is shown that various graphene coatings can be successfully used to decrease friction and wear in nano-, micro- and macro-mechanical applications. However, the conditions under which graphene serves as an effective protective coating depends on the operating parameters. A comprehensive review is provided with the aim to assess such characteristics of graphene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-585
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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