Tribology International Conference 2023

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Juliette Cayer-Barrioz

LTDS - Ecole centrale de Lyon - CNRS UMR5513, France

Juliette Cayer-Barrioz graduated in physics in 1998 and in engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 2000 before obtaining her PhD in Materials Science from Centrale Lyon in 2003 and her habilitation in 2011. Since 2005, she has been associated with the CNRS. Her research activities at the Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systèmes (LTDS) focus on the dynamics of lubricated interfaces, integrating surface phenomena, topography and physico-chemistry. Her multidisciplinary approach - based on unique experimental devices, numerical simulation and theoretical modelling - combines physics, interfacial chemistry and mechanics, rheology and friction. Now editor of Tribology Letters, prime journal addressing the fundamentals of tribology, she develops many international collaborations and co-organises the International Nanotribology Forum.

Her teaching activities at Ecole Centrale de Lyon, and beyond, address the physics and chemistry of interfaces and the rheology of complex media.


Prof. Auezhan Amanov

Tampere University, Finland

Prof. Auezhan Amanov is currently professor at Tampere University, Finland. He joined in 2015 the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Sun Moon University, Rep of Korea as associate professor. Prof. Amanov was a director of the Institute for Manufacturing System Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Sun Moon University in 2011. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Tokyo University of Science (Japan) from 2012 to 2014. He is a member of STLE, TMS, ASM, AIST, and KTS societies. He got several Best Paper Awards (SMT28, NanoToday 2015, MSEA2018, etc. He has published over 150 papers in various international peer-reviewed journals with a Hirsch index of 31. His recent research interests focus on materials engineering, tribology, corrosion, and fatigue properties of materials including coatings and additive manufacturing through the application of surface severe plastic deformation (S2PD).


Prof. Maria Clelia Righi

University of Bologna, Italy

M. Clelia Righi is Full Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Bologna University. Her research activity focuses on the development and application of computational methods to understand and predict the behaviour of materials from first principles, particularly of surface and interface phenomena.

She adopted pioneering computational approaches in tribology and applied them for understanding chemical reactions activated by mechanical stresses and designing materials to reduce friction. In 2019 she received an ERC consolidator grant for the project “Advancing solid interfaces and lubricants by first principles material design” (SLIDE).

M. Clelia Righi is visiting professor at the Imperial College London, UK. She collaborates with different multinational companies and international experimental labs. She is part of the editorial boards of Coatings, Lubricants, Lubrication Science, and Scientific Reports.


Prof. Mitjan Kalin

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr. Kalin’s areas of research are the wear and friction mechanisms of advanced materials, nanoscale interface phenomena, and boundary films for novel green-lubrication technologies, including his recognized contribution to the lubrication of DLC coatings. He has given 55 invited lectures world-wide and has published over 170 peer-reviewed journal papers with 4000 citations and an H-index of 36. He also published 10 book chapters, 3 books and holds 11 patents, including USA and EU patents. In his career he has led 40 large, 3-year projects, half of them international. He also collaborated in industrial projects with renowned companies in Europe, Japan and the USA in over 150 R&D projects. He has received several awards, including the ASME Burt L. Newkirk Award (2006) and Fellow of STLE (2012). He is a member of International engineering academy and Slovenian Academy of Engineering. Since 2012 he serves as the Editor of Lubrication Science. He is a Full Professor and in term of 2017-2021 the Dean at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, where he is the Head of the Laboratory for Tribology and Interface Nanotechnology. He is also elected as Executive Board Member and Deputy President of the International Tribology Council (ITC).


Prof. Alessandro Ruggiero

University of Salerno, Italy

Alessandro Ruggiero, PhD from 1999 to 2005 was Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Salerno, where he has been an Associate Professor with the Department of Industrial Engineering since 2005 till today. In 2017 he received the National qualification to Full Professor in Applied Mechanics. He authored more than 220 scientific papers on prestigious indexed international journals and national and international proceedings. He is included in the “Stanford lists of the best influencer Researcher of the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 onthe world”. He serves as Editor, member of the Editorial Board and reviewer for many WoS/SCOPUS indexed International Scientific Journals, and as evaluator of national and international research projects.

He cooperates with numerous international Universities and prestigious Research Centers. He is member of the PhD Committee in Industrial Engineering (University of Salerno) and Production and Industrial Design (Polytechnic University of Madrid -SP- from 2018). He serves as vice-President of the International Advisory Board of the Czech University of Life Science in Prague (Czechia). He is member of the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science IFToMM -Technical Committee for Tribology- and National Coordinator of Italian AIMETA Tribology Group -GAIT.

He is founder and CEO of the Academic Spinoff and innovative Startup ACOUSTICLAB srl. His current research interests are focused on (bio) tribology, biomechanics, in-silico wear calculation of artificial human synovial joints, but they include also dynamics of mechanical systems, noise and vibration measurements, mechanical measurement and diagnostic on mechanical systems.


Prof. Nazanin Emami

LuleƄ University of Technology, Sweden

Emami is a Full professor, at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden and leader of the Polymer-tribology and biotribology research group. She hold positions of  Visiting professor in Canada (2012 and 2016) and Postdocotral fellow in Australia.

Professor Emami´s research focuses on processing and characterization of multi-scale and functional polymer composites in loadbearing applications, such as medical devices, other demanding tribological application such as hydrogen application, energy sector and EV. Prof. Emami publication is focused on manufacturing of carbon reinforced polymers, surface functionalization of graphene/2D materials, tribological and mechanical characterization of thermoplastic composites. Over the last five years she has been invited speaker in 18 international conferences, has published peer-reviewed journal papers in journals such as Scientific reports, Composite part B, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Wear, Tribology International, Lubrication science and more.

She is responsible for National Tribology Research School in Sweden, and participate as principle investigator in number of EU educational program (TRIBOS-Erasmus+ master program), MSCA-European joint Doctoral Program Green-TRIBO and MSCA European-ITN program BioTrib. Her teaching focus is on multiscale and functional polymeric composites. Prof. Emami has a Phd within Polymeric Composite Materials.


Prof. Ardian Morina

University of Leeds, UK

Prof. Ardian Morina holds a chair in Engineering Tribology and is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.  He is currently the Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds.  His research is focused in the interdisciplinary research fields of tribology and surface engineering and has been published in two book chapters and in more than 100 research papers as well as it has been presented in numerous national and international conferences.  Prof. Morina is involved in teaching and training in all three levels: undergraduate students by teaching Solid Mechanics to 1st year students, master students by teaching Lubrication and Lubricants module and supervising UG student projects and supervising PhD students.  He is module leader of two modules and sits in the School of Mechanical Engineering’s Taught Student Education Committee.


Prof. Lucia Nicola

University of Padova, Italy

Lucia Nicola is professor of Metallurgy at the University of Padova, Italy, and part-time professor of Computational Material Science at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Her research activity focuses on the development and application of modeling techniques from the atomistic to the continuum scale to study the mechanical behavior of materials. She was awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to investigate the contact response of metal surfaces at various scales.


Prof. Margaret M. Stack,

University of Strathclyde, UK

Professor Margaret Stack, BE MSc PhD DSc has been based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, since January 2001. She was awarded a DSc from UMIST (University of Manchester) in 2003 based on her published work. She is the author of 140 papers on wear (solid particle erosion, sliding wear and micro-abrasion) of materials in corrosive environments and has presented the work at over 50 national and international conferences. Much of her work has focused on the development of mechanistic maps to describe materials behaviour in tribo-corrosion conditions (in dry and in wet environments), and on the development of mathematical models of these processes. Professor Stack is a member of several editorial boards including Tribology International and Open Applied Physics. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is currently the UK representative to the EFC working party on Tribo-Corrosion.

Professor Margaret Stack research interests include tribo-corrosion of engineering materials in oil and gas conversikon, renewable energy technologies and bio-medical engineering environments. The interactions of tribology and corrosion are complex and they involve many different variables. Professor Stack has pioneered the concept of the tribo-corrosion map in aqueous conditions which addresses this issue and provides an engineering tool for controlling the process and optimizing the material surface modification for exposure to these environments. She has presented her work at over 70 conferences to date and has published over 200 papers.