by Jane Stoyle Welch
Published June 18, 2019
Materials design and innovation PhD student Behnoosh Sattari Baboukani received a platinum first-place award at 74th Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Annual Meeting and Exhibition’s student poster competition.
The STLE, one of the largest professional societies in the field of tribology and lubrication technology, deals with emerging issues and advanced engineering technologies to improve the performance of equipment and products and in conserving resources to create sustainable lubrication practices.
Her poster, entitled “Predicting Intrinsic Friction of 2D Materials Using Machine Learning Techniques,” was focused on developing machine learning models through the identification of key characteristics of two-dimensional (2D) materials that control friction during the onset of sliding. The work was done under the supervision of Prathima Nalam and Kristofer Reyes, both assistant professors in the Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI).
“Behnoosh’s work has applications in the areas of engine lubrication and advanced electronics. Her research has enabled screening and identification of the 2D material (among 15 different exfoliable layered materials) with the least friction characteristics. She is currently conducting nanoscale experiments on the identified 2D material to gain further insights into the origins of friction for these unique materials. We are very proud of her contributions in this area,” said Nalam, who is also Sattari’s advisor.
Sattari’s poster was one of 51 submitted to the event from students and early career researchers. The meeting attracted over 1,500 attendees from 35 countries, and was held May 19-23, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee.
UB’s Department of Materials Design and Innovation is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
About the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is an international professional membership association dedicated to the study of interacting moving surfaces. Its mission is to improve the performance of equipment and products, conserve resources and protect the environment through tribological advances. It serves more than 13,000 industry professionals and 250 companies and organizations that comprise the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector, and offers industry-specific education and training, professional resources, technical information, certification programs and career development.