Laboratory for Nanotribology and Wear Mechanics

State University of New York at Stony Brook

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Welcome to the Laboratory for Nanotribology and Wear Mechanics (LNWM)

Dr. Chad S. Korach — Laboratory Director


The laboratory resides in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at  the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook.  The focus of the group is in the development and implementation of models for material life prediction and strength related to tribology and solid mechanics.  Projects the lab is involved in are on the environmental degradation of fiber-reinforced composites, new materials for low friction and wear applications such as nanocomposites, bio-inspired and bio-mimetic material design and characterization, chemical mechanical polishing friction fundamentals for advanced dielectrics, development of material characterization techniques at the micro– and nanoscale, and nano-biotribology related to dental science and medicine.

Research funding has been provided by federal and industrial grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, Intel Corp., Arkwin, Lord Corp., and Estee-Lauder.

The laboratory provides research opportunities and training to Stony Brook graduate and undergraduate students and local area high school students in the areas of tribology and solid mechanics.

Dr. Chad S. Korach

141 Light Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

State University of New York at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY 11794-2300 USA

To contact us:

Phone: 631-632-1182

Fax: 631-632-8544


Tribology—The science of the mechanisms of friction, lubrication, and wear of interacting surfaces in relative motion.

Last Modified:  March 31, 2011

Erosion of tooth enamel with scratch on surface (images from atomic force microscope with wet cell)