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Prof. Philip Shipway (University of Nottingham)
Prof. José Alexander Araújo (University of Brasília)
Dr. Ameneh Schneider (Optimol Instruments)
Prof. Michael Bryant (University of Birmingham)
Prof. Seán Leen (University of Galway)


Mini-Symposium: Fretting Wear & Fretting Fatigue

This Mini-Symposium gathers renowned experts in the field of fretting wear and fretting fatigue.

JULY 25TH 2024

14:00 BST

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About us

Surface Ventures is a non-profit organization dedicated to hosting free monthly webinars showcasing renowned international researchers in surface science. Every month, we will bring you a keynote speaker to present the current challenges and future trends in their field.

We have partnered with Demio, a sector-leading webinar platform known for its focus on creating engaging and interactive online events. Demio incorporates features such as real-time chat, polls, interactive presentations, and live resource sharing to enhance the engagement of our audience.

We are supported primarily by volunteers, looking to make industry discussion more accessible and valuable to all.

Our team

Tomasz Liskiewicz

Founder & managing director

Tomasz is Professor of Tribology and Surface Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University where he acts as a Head of Department of Engineering. He is interested in tribology of engineering surfaces, functional properties of thin films and coatings, Industry 4.0 and biomimetics.

Samuel McMaster

Content Manager

Sam is an R&D Specialist at Pillarhouse International and Visiting Academic at Coventry University. He is interested in using nanomechanical testing methods to predict tribological behaviour across length scales and the application of tribology and surface engineering to novel research areas.

Thawhid Khan

International Ambassador,

Thawhid is a senior research fellow in School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. He is interested in tribology, coatings, machinability of super alloys and advanced materials, and in-situ monitoring of the machining interface.

Shubrajit Bahumik

International Ambassador,

Shubrajit is working as an Associate Professor at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Chennai India. He is passionate about lubricant tribology, solid lubricants, surface textures, composites and machining tribology.

Shahsharif Shaikh

International Ambassador,

Shahsharif has MSc in Tribology, MBA in Marketing & Operations and BEng in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently working on sustainable lubricants and ionic liquids. He has won prestigious scholarships from the European Union and the United Nations.

Yanfei Liu

International Ambassador,

Yanfei is currently an Assistant Professor at School of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, China. His major research areas include nanocomposites, solid lubrication, solid–liquid superlubricity, and tribology theory.

Bao Feng

International Ambassador,

Bao is a product manager of precision components at Oerlikon Balzers. Prior to Oerlikon, he served the heavy machine industry as a tribological thin films expert for nearly two decades. He is interested in the innovations and the industrial applications of surface engineering solutions.

Sheyla Carvalho

International Ambassador,

Sheyla received her PhD in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from UFRJ and University of Leeds in 2019. She is interested in the evaluation and monitoring of corrosion in Oil and Gas, materials characterization (SEM-EDS and EBSD) and failure analysis.

Yuki Hirata

International Ambassador,

Yuki is Assistant Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research field is to synthesize Diamond-Like Carbon film and its application to tribology. He also interested in science and engineering challenges in global area through international activities.

Damien Khoo

International Ambassador,

Damien is a Staff Scientist at Bruker in Nano Surfaces and Metrology team. He graduated from the Universiti Sains Malaysia with a degree in Materials Science. Damien led and delivered R&D projects for automotive, coating, and advanced material industries.


Surface Ventures webinars are great opportunity “to meet” world-renowned scientists and engineers who share their experiences in various fields.

Daniel Tobola, Ph.D. Eng.
Lukasiewicz Research Network, Krakow Institute of Technology, Poland
Through Surface Ventures I am exposed to aspects and applications of this far-reaching discipline both related to and out with my day-to-day foci of research.

Christopher Fleming
Advanced Forming Research Centre- University of Strathclyde, UK
I really like the initiative of Surface Ventures to focus on the much needed education in Surface Engineering. We can all help to make the world a better place, by understanding a bit better the detrimental mechanisms of friction and wear, and improving them. As we are part of this mission, I find in Surface Ventures an ally to make our little contribution.

Dirk Drees, CEO
Falex Tribology, Belgium
Surface Ventures webinar series gives me a wide range of Surface Engineering application examples in different domains. This initiative contributes to a meaningful discussion and it improves the industry in terms of coatings, surface treatment technologies and thin films.

Ali Muhammad Ali Alkuzaim Algahtani, Associate Professor
King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
The webinar series provided by Surface Ventures is organised in a very professional way and it is a great experience to me. Excellent speakers make the series an interesting and exciting event to follow. This approach offers a perfect platform for all students, senior scientists amongst others to engage and join the community.

Carsten Gachot, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.
TU Wien, Austia
I have found the webinar lecture series to be a good format to quickly find out the different aspects of surface engineering. It has allowes me to explore the move from research to applications, while remaining interesting and easy to understand.

Rob Brittain, PhD student
University of Leeds, UK
I love the idea of being in an international event and having an opportunity to hear from the experts in the area, from my own room, and it’s FREE:). The webinars are very informative and useful to a postgraduate student like me. Looking forward to the next webinar.

Syahadah, postgraduate student
Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Through Surface Ventures I am exposed to the cutting-edge concepts of designing functional surfaces, which is very helpful in my research.

Shuang Yi, postdoctoral researcher
Tsinghua University, China


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