About this Research Topic
Ionic liquids are room-temperature molten salts that possess unique physicochemical properties and have shown great potential in many applications, with lubrication as one of the latest. Researchers have studied Ionic liquids as standalone lubricants and additives for water-based lubricants, oil-based lubricants, and greases. The potential applications of ionic liquids include automotive engine oils and transmission fluids, aerospace greases, gear oils, hydraulic fluids, etc. Compared to conventional lubricants and lubricant additives, ionic liquids could deliver superior tribological performances that stem from their unique physical and chemical properties, such as inherent polarity for strong surface adsorption, low flammability, high thermal stability, and low sensitivity in rheological behavior to environmental change.
This Research Topic aims at the diverse aspects of ionic liquids in lubrication. Contributions are welcome from academic researchers and their industrial peers dealing with themes that include, but are not limited, to the following:
• Characterization methods
• Computational simulations
• Interfacial phenomena
• Interactions with different materials
Topic Editor Yan Zhou is employed by company Quaker Houghton. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regards to the Research Topic subject.
Keywords: Ionic liquids, Lubrication, Characterization methods, Interfacial phenomena
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