Argonne National Laboratory

Few-Layer Graphene as a Dry Lubricant

Technology available for licensing: Graphene layers act as a two-dimensional nanomaterial and form a conformal protective coating on sliding contact interfaces. These factors facilitate shear and slow down oxidation (tribo-corrosion), thus drastically reduce wear.

  • Functions as a dry lubricant, reducing wear four-fold and friction six-fold
  • Cost-competitive with oil-based lubricants; may replace oil-based lubricants in some applications