Biomimetic approach to water lubrication with biomolecular additives

Tiina Ahlroos, Timo, J. Hakala, Aino Helle, Markus, B. Linder, Kenneth Holmberg (Corresponding Author), Riitta Mahlberg, Päivi Laaksonen, Simo Varjus

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    The aim of this study is to find a connection between mechanical engineering and biotechnology by utilizing biomimetics in lubrication. The objective is to improve boundary lubrication by biomolecules in water-based systems. Proteins were used because they can form films and multilayers on the surfaces and thus prevent direct contact between them. In this study, hydrophobin and albumin proteins are studied as additives to enable water lubrication.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1013-1022
    Number of pages10
    JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Biomimetics
    • boundary lubrication
    • biomolecules
    • hydrophobins


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