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 6 R&D 100 Awards; he holds 15 U.S. patents; and has published more than 300 papers, 18 invited book and handbook chapters, and 3 edited books. His archival publications have generated more than 10,000 citations (Google h-index:53 as of December 2015).