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Tribological properties play a critical role in the proper function and longevity of mechanical, electrical, electromechanical, and biological systems. The ability to quantitatively characterize surface interactions over the nanoscale and microscale provides a fundamental understanding of how to control friction and wear behavior in bulk material systems and thin tribological films.

Hysitron’s nanoscale tribological testing techniques allow researchers to quantitatively characterize and design new tribological surfaces. The ability to reliably perform tribological testing on nanoscale materials and highly localized surface features of bulk materials provides the information necessary for developing novel new materials optimized for prolonged use under harsh tribological conditions.

Quantitative Nanoscale to Microscale Friction & Wear Characterization


Quantitative nanoscale to microscale friction measurements, cyclic friction evolution, and lateral force imaging.


Quantify nanoscale wear performance as a function of applied normal force and number of cycles.

In-Situ nanoScratch

In-situ (SEM/TEM) tribology with real time observations of film delamination, friction, and wear.