Summary: Fundamental Properties of Carbon Onions Correlated with Tribological Performance
College of Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824, USA
Graduate School of Mechanical Sciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Abstract-- A fundamental characterization of carbon onion films is performed using high-resolution transmission electron
miscoscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy for strucutres, scanning electron microscopy for film stalbility and force
volume imaging by atomic force msicoscopy for mechanical perperties. The results are correlated with actual tribiolgical
performance of carbon onion films in air and vacuum environments. We find that carbon onoin films show great promise as a
nano-property enabled solid lubricant.
Multi-shell fullerenes, or carbon onions, are under
investigation as a nano-property enabled solid lubricant.
The potential applications for a carbon onion-based