Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers


First Time Ever – Free University Outreach Event!

This special event is being coordinated by the STLE Chicago Section’s membership committee, together with UIC staff, to introduce students to the benefits of STLE membership and encourage them to join our friendly section. As current members, you play an important role in helping us attract new talent to our section.

Join us for an engaging tribology presentation hosted by: 
Dr. Michael McNallan
Professor of Materials Science
Department of Civil and Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago


"Carbide Derived Carbon Coatings on Hard Ceramics for Tribological Applications”


Thursday, November 9th, 2017


Hard ceramic carbides such as SiC and WC are often used in wear sensitive applications because of their high hardness and wear resistance. Carbide derived carbon (CDC) is a nanostructured carbon material produced when the metal species in a carbide ceramic are removed by etching in a halogen atmosphere leaving only the carbon behind. Thin layers of CDC can be grown on hard ceramics, which are very resistant to spallation or delamination and reduce the sliding friction coefficient of the material in service. The synthesis and performance of CDC tribological layers on hard ceramics are reviewed and discussed for industrial and biomedical applications.


Professor Michael McNallan has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago since the fall of 1978. He is a fellow of ASM International and holds M.S. and PhD degrees in Metallurgy from MIT. He served a 9 years term as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Engineering at UIC from 2006 to 2015. MS and PHD graduates from his laboratory hold academic and industrial positions in the materials field in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. His research interests include high temperature chemical processing and corrosion as well as tribology of metals and ceramics.

Location/ Parking:

ERF (Engineering Research Facility) Building – East Side, Second Floor Atrium
842 W. TAYLOR ST., CHICAGO, IL 60607

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Thursday, November 9th, 2017
4:00PM-6:00PM Short Membership Presentation followed by Technical Presentation - Soda and Pizza served


This event is free, but registration is required by email to Soraya Kraszczyk
Alternatively, you may call Soraya Kraszczyk for registration at 847-808-3767 (Work), or (Cell), 847-946-1138, no later than Monday, November 6.


Door prizes will also be drawn at the conclusion of the Technical Presentation. You need to be present at the drawing in order to win!

We look forward to seeing you at this special event! Your support is greatly appreciated. Business Casual attire is acceptable.