An original experimental setup was developed coupling together tribology and molecular velocimetry experiments. In air environment, we achieve to measure the lateral mobility of nanometer-thick model phospholipid layers (3 nm ≤ thickness ≤ 10 nm) confined between a millimetric spherical tip sliding on a flat surface (contact radius > 100 μm).
Research interests :
Study the influence of relative humidity on shearing responses of model phospholipid layers and compare these experimental data to a numerical analysis that has started in parallel (collaboration C. Loison, ILM, Lyon) ;
Study biolubrication mechanisms in liquid environment (healthy and pathological model synovial fluids depending on the surface waviness of a model artificial meniscus.
Institut Lumière Matière, Lyon, France.
Laboratoire de Mecanique des Contacts et des Structures - INSA de Lyon, France,
Institut Multidisciplinaire de Biochimie des Lipides (IMBL) - INSA de Lyon.
Within ICS : M3, SAMS.