Different hypotheses have been proposed to explain the mechanism for the extremely low friction coefficient of carbon coatings and its undesired dependence on air humidity. A decisive atomistic insight is still lacking because of the difficulties in monitoring what actually happens at the buried sliding interface. Here we perform large-scale ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of both undoped and silicon-doped carbon films sliding in the presence of water. We observe the tribologically-induced surface hydroxylation and subsequent formation of a thin film of water molecules bound to the OH-terminated surface by hydrogen bonds. The comparative analysis of silicon-incorporating and clean surfaces, suggests that this two-step process can be the key phenomenon to provide high slipperiness to the carbon coatings. The water layer is, in fact, expected to shelter the carbon surface from direct solid-on-solid contact and make any counter surface slide extremely easily on it. The present insight into the wettability of carbon-based films can be useful for designing new coatings for biomedical and energy-saving applications with environmental adaptability.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Titolo:||A fundamental mechanism for carbon-film lubricity identified by means of ab initio molecular dynamics|
|Autore/i:||Kajita, Seiji; Righi, M.C.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2016.02.078|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84962821759|
|Tipologia||Articolo su rivista|
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