Application of onion-like carbon to micro and nanotribology

N. Matsumoto, L. Joly-Pottuz, H. Kinoshita, N. Ohmae

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The tribological properties of onion-like carbon (OLC) have been investigated on a nanometer scale using an ultra-high vacuum atomic force microscope. In addition, the tribological properties of OLC added to oil were investigated. A viewpoint of the practical application of OLC as a lubricating additive to oil, under both experimental conditions, OLC showed low friction. In the latter case, OLC transformed into a low friction material with long life, and appears to be a promising material as nanolubricant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1227-1230
Number of pages4
JournalDiamond and Related Materials
Issue number4-7 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007


  • Lubricant additive
  • Micro and nanotribology
  • Onion-like carbon
  • Ultrahigh vacuum atomic force microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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