Akepati Bhaskar Reddy
As a part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers (ReFit project), my PhD research was focused on the development and evaluation of novel lubricants. In particular, towards understanding the tribotronic (controllable lubrication using external factors like electric fields, etc.) response of the ionic liquid based lubricants. Macro-scale studies include EHD film thickness measurements, Traction measurements and rolling contact fatigue characterization. These studies are complemented by techniques like Neutron reflectometry (NR) and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) to evaluate the lubricant / additive structuring in the boundary films.