Advances in Colloidal Lubricants and Interfacial Tribology

A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2024) | Viewed by 353

Special Issue Editors

Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
Interests: soft materials; tribological properties; liquid lubricants; gel lubricants; green lubrication; smart lubrication; adaptivity and multifunctionality; tribochemical reactions
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State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
Interests: soft materials; tribological properties; liquid and liquid dispersions; thin films; cutting fluids, lubricant additives; green lubrication, friction; super-lubricity
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College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu 610500, China
Interests: soft materials; tribological properties; lubricant additives; nano-lubricants; synthesis; tribofilms; tribochemistry
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to present original research articles and reviews on colloidal lubricants and interfacial tribology. Colloidal lubricants including liquid dispersions, gels, and greases have found extensive tribological applications in recent decades. By generating a complicated interfacial “tribofilm” capable of providing either physical or tribochemical lubrication, they can effectively reduce the friction and abrasion between two contacting surfaces to a satisfactory level. Although a number of significant research advances concerning the tribological and interfacial properties of colloidal lubricants have been achieved, the design and preparation of high-performance and eco-friendly base oils and additives, the homogenous dispersion of diversified additives in base oils, the formation and composition of interfacial tribofilms, the tribochemical mechanism of colloidal lubricants, and in-time or in-space lubrication control remain challenging in this field. This Special Issue of Lubricants focuses on the lastest progresses in friction and wear mechanisms, new methodologies for tribological and interfacial analyses, and the development of new-type colloidal lubricants. Articles in this issue are applicable to any type of colloidal and interfacial materials used for tribological applications.

This Special Issue is dedicated, but not limited, to original papers and reviews regarding the following topics:

  • Design and preparation of novel lubricating base oils and lubricant additives;
  • Tribological properties and interfacial behavior of colloidal lubricants;
  • Environmental adaptivity and interfacial friction control of colloidal lubricants;
  • Friction and wear mechanisms of interfacial tribofilms;
  • Methodology for analysing composition and interfacial property of tribofilms.

Dr. Lu Xu
Dr. Xia Zhang
Dr. Baogang Wang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Lubricants is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • colloidal lubricants
  • interfacial tribology
  • oil- and water-based lubricants
  • gels and greases
  • tribofilm
  • tribochemistry
  • lubrication mechanisms
  • lubrication control

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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