Ali Erdemir

Argonne Distinguished Fellow
- Energy Systems

Ali Erdemir is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and Senior Scientist with international recognition and significant accomplishments in the fields of materials science, surface engineering and tribology. His discoveries of nearly frictionless carbon and superhard nanocomposite coatings, as well as a range of novel nanolubricants and lubrication additives, have been hailed as major breakthroughs in the field.

Erdemir’s research is directed toward nanoscale design and large-scale manufacturing of new materials, coatings and green lubricants for a broad range of applications in manufacturing, transportation and other energy conversion and utilization systems where further increases in efficiency, reliability and environmental compatibility are the primary objectives.

Erdemir has received numerous awards, including five R&D 100 Awards; holds 15 U.S. patents; and has published more than 260 papers, 16 invited book and handbook chapters, and two edited books. His archival publications have generated more than 5,000 citations.

Awards, Honors, and Memberships

  • R&D 100 Award for the development of ultra-fast and large-scale boriding technology, R and D Magazine, 2012
  • The University of Chicago Medal of Distinguished Performance at Argonne National Laboratory, 2011
  • R&D 100 Award for the development of superhard and slick coatings, R&D Magazine, 2009
  • R&D 100 Award for the development of nano-structured carbide derived carbon films, R&D Magazine, 2003
  • R&D 100 Award for the development of nearly-frictionless carbon films, R&D Magazine, 1998
  • R&D 100 Award for the discovery of boric acid as a solid lubricant, R&D Magazine, 1991
  • Fellow, Society of Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers, 2003
  • Fellow, American Society for Metals (ASM)-International, 2001
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2010
  • Fellow, American Vacuum Society, 2010
  • Al Sonntag Award, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, 2002, 1992
  • Allan A. Manteuffel Award, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Chicago Section, 2002
  • FLC Midwest Technology Transfer Award, Federal Laboratory Consortium Midwest Region Excellence in Technology Transfer, 2007
  • Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000
  • Innovative Research Award, Tribology Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International, 1999
  • Director’s Award, Argonne National Laboratory, 1999
  • Discover Magazine Award, 1998
  • Pace Setter Award, Argonne National Laboratory, 1998
  • Edmond E. Bisson Award, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, 1998
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey, 1998
  • National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health, 1986
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1986
  • National Research Service Award, National Institute of Health, 1986

Publications & Patents

  • Book: "Superlubricity”, A. Erdemir and J. M. Martin (editors), Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2007 (Foreword by Nobel Laureate Prof. P.-G. de Gennes, Institute Curie-France).
  • Book: “Tribology of Diamondlike Carbon Films: Fundamentals and Applications,” C. Donnet and A. Erdemir (Editors), Springer, New York, 2008 (Foreword by Prof. J. Roberson, University of Cambridge-UK).
  • “A study of the wear mechanism of diamond-like carbon films,” Y Liu, A Erdemir, EI Meletis
  • Surface and Coatings Technology 82 (1), 48-56, 1996.
  • “Ultrananocrystalline diamond thin films for MEMS and moving mechanical assembly devices,”
  • AR Krauss, O Auciello, DM Gruen, A Jayatissa, A Sumant, J Tucek, DC Mancini, Diamond and Related Materials 10 (11), 1952-1961, 2001.
  • “Tribology of diamond-like carbon films: recent progress and future prospects,”A Erdemir, C Donnet, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 39 (18), R311, 2006.
  • “Synthesis of diamondlike carbon films with superlow friction and wear properties,” A Erdemir, OL Eryilmaz, G Fenske, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films 18 (4), 2000.
  • “The role of hydrogen in tribological properties of diamond-like carbon films,” A Erdemir, Surface and Coatings Technology 146, 292-297, 2001.
  • “The effect of laser surface texturing on transitions in lubrication regimes during unidirectional sliding contact,” A Kovalchenko, O Ajayi, A Erdemir, G Fenske, I Etsion, Tribology International 38 (3), 219-225, 2005.
  • “Review of engineered tribological interfaces for improved boundary lubrication,” A Erdemir, Tribology International 38 (3), 249-256, 2005.
  • “Historical developments and new trends in tribological and solid lubricant coatings
  • C Donnet, A Erdemir, Surface and coatings technology 180, 76-84, 2004.
  • “Superlow friction behavior of diamond-like carbon coatings: time and speed effects,” JA Heimberg, KJ Wahl, IL Singer, A Erdemir, Applied Physics Letters 78 (17), 2449-2451, 2001.
  • “A tribological investigation of the graphite-to-diamond-like behavior of amorphous carbon films ion beam deposited on ceramic substrates,” A Erdemir, M Switala, R Wei, P Wilbur, Surface and Coatings Technology 50 (1), 17-23, 1991.
  • “Friction of diamond-like carbon films in different atmospheres,” J Andersson, RA Erck, A Erdemir, Wear 254 (11), 1070-1075, 2003.
  • “Tribological properties of nanocrystalline diamond films,” A Erdemir, GR Fenske, AR Krauss, DM Gruen, T McCauley, RT Csencsits, Surface and Coatings Technology 120, 565-572, 1999.
  • “Tribological characteristics of DLC films and duplex plasma nitriding/DLC coating treatments,” EI Meletis, A Erdemir, GR Fenske, Surface and Coatings Technology 73 (1), 39-45, 1995.
  • “An investigation of the relationship between graphitization and frictional behavior of DLC coatings,” Y Liu, A Erdemir, EI Meletis, Surface and Coatings Technology 86, 564-568, 1996.
  • “Influence of environmental parameters on the frictional behavior of DLC coatings,” Y Liu, A Erdemir, EI Meletis, Surface and coatings technology 94, 463-468, 1997.
  • United States Patent Utility Application # 12/470,360: Ultra-Fast Boriding of Metal Surfaces for Improved Properties (pending).
  • United States Patent Utility Application #12/684,477: Plasma Treatment of Carbon-Based Materials and Coatings for Improved Friction and Wear Properties (pending).
  • United States Patent Application: Improved Performance and Coating Process Control for Superhard Coatings, (pending).
  • Novel Materials as Additives for Advanced Lubrication (pending).
  • Method to Produce Catalytically Active Nanocomposite Coatings (pending).
  • United States Patent # 7,961,427: High-performance Computer Hard Disk Drive and Method, 2011.
  • United States Patent # 7,811,975: Improved Metalworking and Machining Fluids, 2010.
  • United States Patent # 7,846,556: Modulated Composite Surfaces, 2010.
  • United States Patent # 7,547,330: Methods to Improve Lubricity of Fuels and Lubricants, 2009.
  • United States Patent # 7,353,525: Reliable Disk Drive and Method to Produce the Same, 2008.
  • United States Patent # 7211323: Hard and Low Friction Nitride Coatings and the Methods for Forming the Same, 2007.
  • United States Patent # 6,783,651: Method to Improve Lubricity of Low Sulfur Diesel and Gasoline Fuels, 2004.
  • United States Patent # 6,548,173: Method to Produce Ultra-low Friction Carbon Films, 2003.
  • United States Patent # 6,255,234: Ultralow Friction Carbon Composites for Extreme Temperature Applications, 2001.
  • United States Patent # 6,025,306: Lubrication with Boric Acid Additives, 2000.
  • United States Patent # 5,989,511, Smooth Diamond Films as Low Friction, Long Wear Surfaces, 1999.
  • United States Patent # 5,840,132, Lubricated Boride Surfaces, 1998.
  • United States Patent # 5,431,830: Lubrication from Mixture of Boric Acid with Oils and Greases, 1995