A conference on Antibacterial Metals in Healthcare Science is being held at the University of Wolverhampton on 15 April 2019.

Details are below:


Royal Society of Chemistry Anti-Bacterial Metals Meeting


Monday 15th April 2019


University of Wolverhampton, City Campus


Organizers:  Prof Gary Hix (HOS), Prof Iza Radecka and Prof Craig Williams


Cost: £80 RSC members and £100 non-members


Venue: University of Wolverhampton, City Campus

Chancellors Hall:  Registration, Tea/Coffee, Posters and Lunch

MA030: All Lectures


P r o g r a m m e 


9:30 - 10:30am                Registration & Refreshments (Chancellors Hall)

10:30 - 10:40am               Welcome by Prof Nazira Karodia (Dean of Faculty of Science & Engineering)

10:40 - 11:20am               Professor Paul-Alain Jaffrès, University of Brest

11:20 - 11:50am               Dr Tim Douglas, University of Lancaster

11:50 - 12:20pm               Dr Barbara Mendrek, Polish Academy of Science

12:20 - 12:50pm               Professor Oliver Pearce, Milton Keynes University Hospital

12:50 - 2:00pm                 Lunch and Posters (Chancellors Hall)

2:00 - 2:30pm                   Dr Slawomir Sulowicz, University of Silesia

2:30 - 3:00pm                   Dr David Tetard, University of Northumbria

3:00 - 3:30pm                   Dr Olga Efremova, University of Hull

3:30 - 4:00pm                   Mr Abhishek Gupta, University of Wolverhampton

4:00 - 4:30pm                   Tea / Coffee Networking (Chancellors Hall)

4:30pm                                 Closing Remarks


You can register for this meeting via the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/antibacterial-metals-in-healthcare-science-tickets-57327218253?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Antibacterial Metals in Healthcare Science

15 April 2019 09:30-16:30, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

This Meeting will be held on the 15/4/18 at the University of Wolverhampton. Registration includes Coffee/Tea on arrival, a buffet lunch and Tea/Coffee at the end.  Guest speakers include: Timothy Douglas (University of Lancaster), Paul-Alain Jaffres (University of Brest), Sławomir Sułowicz (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland).  Cost are £80 for RSC members and £100 for non members. Any accepted speakers will have their registration costs covered by the RSC.  There are some PhD student bursaries available for poster presentations which will cover all costs.  Students are advised to contact Prof Craig Williams
We are now looking for speaker & poster contributions.  If you wish to register for this meeting and/or submit a talk or poster please contact Prof Craig Williams, Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Wolverhampton. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Deadlines for poster contributions are15/3/18


Materials Protecting the Environment (MPE) Event: London, 21 February 2018.


A report on this meeting can be found here.

The next MPE event is entitled 'Materials Protecting People', and full details can be found here.

We are jointly organising an event in London on 19 July 2017 on Chemical Challenges in Tribology. Full details including how to register are given here.

Here is the final programme for the event:



10:00 to 10:30 am Registration with tea / coffee


10:30 to 10:40am Welcome


10:40 to 11:20am Ian Hutchings


11:20 to 11:50am Robert Wood


11:50 to 12:20pm Hugh Spikes


12:20 to 12:50pm Anne Neville


12:50 to 2:10pm Lunch and posters


2:10 to 2:40pm Chris Warrens


2:40 to 3:10pm Nichole Dorr


3:10 to 4:30pm Tea and open discussion / networking


4:30pm end




The following abstracts have been received so far:

Soot Aggravated Wear

Chris Warrens

One of the concerns for vehicle manufacturers looking to increase oil drain intervals in their engines is the impact of wear on engine durability caused by soot dispersed in the oil.  Whilst this has historically been of concern in diesel engines, the introduction of down-sized boosted direct injection gasoline engines means that this is also potentially important in gasoline engines as well.  The lterature on soot aggravated wear describes a number of potential wear mechanisms.  This study aims to identify the principal wear mechanisms and to deconvolute the roles of soot build up and lubricant anti-wear degradation on the lubricating properties of used engine oil.


Challenges of studying at the interface between tribology and electrochemistry – A tribocorrosion story

RJK Wood, Professor of Surface Engineering and Tribology, The National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK

We are experiencing a large growth in the use of mechanical systems that have to survive and operate in increasingly harsh corrosive environments. This growth is being driven by a switch to offshore renewables, marine resource recovery (such as deep-sea mining, oil and gas), aquiculture, shipping, and legislation and low environmental impact drivers and so on.  Therefore, this talk will look at the challenges of studying tribological interfaces in corrosive environments. This can involve the coupling of electrochemical techniques developed to study very well characterised and controlled solid/liquid interfaces into a mechanical testing environment with engineering materials and environments. This results in unavoidable tensions when analysing electrochemical output from such tribocorrosion tests. Recent research into the performance of cast nickel aluminium bronze, cemented and thermally sprayed tungsten carbide under various tribocorrosion conditions will be used to illustrate certain challenges (for example the quantification of interactions between mechanical and electrochemical processes). The gravimetric, surface profilometry and in situ / ex-situ electrochemical measurements will be discussed and mechanisms illustrated by microstructural analysis. The influence of surface films will be explored with regard to the temporal aspects of film removal and repair along with complimentary wear rates, friction and corrosion currents. Although the above studies use electrochemical techniques to monitor degradation of contacts some examples of where electrochemical techniques can be used to control friction and add functionality will be also be discussed. 

Mechanochemistry in Tribology


Hugh Spikes


In Tribology the conditions within rubbing contacts are often extremely severe and this is well known to promote chemical reactions of the lubricant; for example polymer degradation, antiwear and extreme pressure film formation and hydrogen emission via hydrocarbon cracking.  The term “tribochemistry” is often applied as a catch-all descriptor of these in-contact reactions.  Many mechanisms has been suggested as drivers for tribochemistry including flash temperature, ultrahigh pressure,  emission of energetic particles such as electrons from rubbed surfaces, generation of active surface and even inversion of the Boltzmann energy distribution of surface atoms.


Recently attention has focussed on another driver of tribochemistry, that the mechanical forces applied to individual molecules in a contact promote reaction via stress-augmented thermal activation – essentially the stretching of chemical bonds so that less thermal energy is needed to break them.  In classical chemistry this process is nowadays called mechanochemistry and this talk will explore the development of the concept of mechanochemistry in Tribology.  It will describe recent work that shows unambiguously that at least one important tribochemical reaction, that of ZDDP tribofilm formation, is controlled by applied mechanical forces within the liquid phase and is thus a manifestation of mechanochemistry.