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TEDx Talk: Superlubricity

Ani Sumant’s work on superlubricity—near zero friction—has opened a new era in solid lubrication technology.

Anirudha Ani” Sumant, a materials scientist at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, a U.S. Department of Energy user facility at Argonne National Laboratory, is a leading expert on energy-efficient systems based on nanocarbon materials. 


Sumant’s talk on superlubricity and its implications as a game-changing technology was given at a TEDxNaperville event.

Sumant is an award-winning inventor of more than 20 leading-edge technologies and has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications. He has helped form several technology-based start-up companies and has developed a nanotechnology kit, available to high schools across the nation, that gives students first-hand nanofabrication experience in their classrooms.

About Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials
The Center for Nanoscale Materials is one of the five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers, premier national user facilities for interdisciplinary research at the nanoscale supported by the DOE Office of Science. Together the NSRCs comprise a suite of complementary facilities that provide researchers with state-of-the-art capabilities to fabricate, process, characterize and model nanoscale materials, and constitute the largest infrastructure investment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. The NSRCs are located at DOE’s Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge, Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. For more information about the DOE NSRCs, please visit https://​sci​ence​.ener​gy​.gov/​b​e​s​/​s​u​f​/​u​s​e​r​-​f​a​c​i​l​i​t​i​e​s​/​n​a​n​o​s​c​a​l​e​-​s​c​i​e​n​c​e​-​r​e​s​e​a​r​c​h​-​c​e​n​ters/.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation’s first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America’s scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.