Tribology on the Small Scale
A Modern Textbook on Friction, Lubrication, and Wear
C. Mathew Mate and Robert W. Carpick
C. Mathew Mate, Visiting Scholar, Chemical Engineering Department, Stanford University, and Robert W. Carpick, John Henry Towne Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania
Mathew Mate is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Chemical Engineering Department at Stanford University. Prior to that, he work for 30 years in industry for IBM, Hitachi, and Western Digital. He is best known for his research into the molecular and atomic levels and origins of tribology (the study of friction, lubrication, and wear). He has also been extensively involved in improving disk drive tribology. In recognition of his pioneering contributions to the field of tribology, he was awarded the 2001 MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society and the 2012 International Award from the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers.
Robert Carpick, John Henry Towne Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania, studies nanotribology, nanomechanics, and scanning probes. He has received numerous awards include a NSF CAREER Award and the ASME Newkirk Award, and is a fellow of numerous societies, including the American Physical Society and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. He has authored 6 patents and over 170 peer-reviewed publications. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.Sc. (University of Toronto) and his Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley) both in Physics, and was a postdoc at Sandia National Laboratory.