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Rafe Britton

Lubrication Explained & Lubrication Experts

Lubrication Field Challenges

Practical knowledge of machine lubrication is sorely lacking on site, and the technicians responsible for lubrication programs are commonly the bottom of the organizational “totem pole”.

This fact has major implications for how new technologies are adopted in the field. Rafe Britton is here to discuss the state of field maintenance and what it means for early-stage research programs.

March 30th 2023

09:00 BST

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    Surface Ventures is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide monthly webinars and workshops featuring well-established international researchers in the field of surface engineering.

    Every month, we will bring you a sector-leading speaker to present the current challenges and future trends in their field.

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    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.

    Thawhid Khan

    Vice President

    Thawhid is a senior research associate of Tribology and Surface Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is interested in tribology, coatings, machinability of super alloys and advanced materials, and in-situ monitoring of the machining interface.


    Samuel McMaster

    Event Manager

    Sam is a materials scientist at Coventry University and Pillarhouse International. 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.

    Shubrajit Bahumik

    International Ambassador,

    Shubrajit is working as a Tribologist at Wagner High Quality Lubricants. He is interested in lubricants, solid lubricants, surface textures, tribology of composites, and machining tribology.

    Shahsharif Shaikh

    International Ambassador,

    Shahsharif has MSc in Tribology, MBA in Data Science and BEng in Mechanical Engineering. He is working as a nuclear power contract manager at KSB. He has won prestigious scholarships from the European Union and the United Nations.

    Yanfei Liu

    International Ambassador,

    Yanfei is a research associate at State Key Laboratory of Tribology at Tsinghua University. He is interested in structural design of solid lubrication coatings and the fundamentals of friction, wear, and lubrication.

    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 Santana de 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.


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    Daniel Tobola, Ph.D. Eng.
    Lukasiewicz Research Network, Krakow Institute of Technology, Poland
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    Advanced Forming Research Centre- University of Strathclyde, UK
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    Falex Tribology, Belgium
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    King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
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    TU Wien, Austia
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    University of Leeds, UK
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    Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
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    Tsinghua University, China

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