Scientists seek materials that defy friction at the atomic level

Going super-slippery could help cut down on energy loss

graphene friction

GIVING FRICTION THE SLIP  At the atomic level, certain techniques can decrease friction. In one experiment, friction nearly disappeared when an atomic force microscope (top, light gray in this illustration) pulled ribbons of graphene (dark gray) over a surface made of gold (orange).

Univ. of Basel

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