Developing innovative methodologies to understand nano-adhesion/friction (2016–2018)
The understanding of adhesion and friction between a nanowhisker and a substrate is crucial for developing next generation nanodevices. However, the current methods for measuring nanoscale adhesion and friction are inaccurate and can produce contradictory results, due to the extreme challenges in mastering sophisticated measuring techniques and the lack of understanding of their underlying mechanisms. This research aims to develop innovative ¿¿¿push-peel¿¿¿ and ¿¿¿push-slide¿¿¿ methods to accurately measure those properties and to further understand their fundamental origins. Successful outcomes from this study will not only solve a long-standing problem in the application of nanowhiskers, but also generate breakthrough nanosurface science.