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Moritz Ploss

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About me

Ph.D. Student

Phone: +46 8 790 78 03
Visiting address: Brinellvägen 83


My research is focused on the development of novel ionic liquid lubricants. More information on our research team and ionic liquid lubrication can be found at

I am passionate about sustainable engineering technologies and have a keen interest in large-scale data analysis, intuitive data visualization and Python programming.

Python Tribology Package

I am involved in the development of a Python package for tribology research and education. The package is distributed through pip and hosted on GitHub:


I am responsible for labs and home assignment for the course MF2018 Tribology.


Since 08/2015: Ph.D. Student at Systems and Component Design, Department of Machine Design, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

2013 - 2015: Research assistant at the Institute for Machine Elements and Machine Design, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Research focus in the field of rolling bearing tribology for wind power drives.

2012 - 2013: M.Sc. in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University, UK. Master thesis on space debris mitigation as part of ESA's ESEO project.

2009 - 2012: B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Bachelor thesis on diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings for metal forming tools.


Moritz A. Ploss, Mark W. Rutland and Sergei Glavatskih. Influence of Electric Potential on the Apparent Viscosity of an Ionic Liquid: Facts and Artifacts. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 26609-26615, doi: 10.1039/C6CP02846B.

K. Harris, G. Pilkington, M. Rutland, S. Glavatskih, and M. Ploss. Electro-response of ionic liquid boundary layers in tribological contacts. NORDTRIB 2018, Uppsala, Sweden, 20-06-2018.

M. Ploss and M. Bocoi. The P3CAN project: Open-source friction energy analysis for research and education. NORDTRIB 2018, Uppsala, Sweden, 21-06-2018.

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