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Kalyan C. Mutyala

Postdoctoral Appointee

Tribology - Solid lubricants - 2D Materials - Superlubricity


Research focus is primarily on materials tribology i.e. thin films/coatings for energy and electronic applications. Carbon derived 2D materials such as graphene, graphene oxide, and other layered TMDs (MoS2, WS2) along with DLCs are of interest to develop technologies to reduce friction and wear; enabling efficient conversion of energy, improving a component lifetime and overall reduce the impact on environment. 


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Tribology), The University of Akron, Akron, OH 
  • M.B.A in Operations Management, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India                               

Honors and Awards

Select Publications  

  1. Superlubricity in rolling/sliding contacts, Applied Physics Letters, 115, 103103, 2019
  2. Graphene - MoS2 ensembles to reduce friction and wear in DLC-Steel contacts, Carbon, 146, 524-527, 2019
  3. Effect of deposition method on the RCF Performance of CrxN Thin Film Ball Coatings Surface and Coatings Technology, 305, 176-183, 2016.
  4. Influence of MoS2 on the rolling contact performance of bearing steels in boundary lubrication: A different approach Tribology Letters, 61(2), 2016.
  5. Effect of diamond-like carbon coatings on ball bearing performance in normal, oil-starved and debris-damaged conditions Tribology Transactions, 59:6, 1039-1047, 2016 
  6. Deposition, Characterization, and Performance of Tribological Coatings on Spherical Rolling Elements Surface and Coatings Technology, 284, 302-309, 2015.