Tian-Bao Ma

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The atomic-scale friction of the fluorographene (FG)/MoS2 heterostructure is investigated using first-principles calculations. Due to the intrinsic lattice mismatch and formation of periodic Moiré patterns, the potential energy surface of the FG/MoS2 heterostructure is ultrasmooth and the interlayer shear strength is reduced by nearly two orders of(More)
We report the thickness dependence of intrinsic friction in few-layer graphenes, adopting molecular dynamics simulations. The friction force drops dramatically with decreasing number of layers and finally approaches zero with two or three layers. The results, which are robust over a wide range of temperature, shear velocity, and pressure are quantitatively(More)
Superlubricity of graphite and graphene has aroused increasing interest in recent years. Yet how to obtain a long-lasting superlubricity between graphene layers, under high applied normal load in ambient atmosphere still remains a challenge but is highly desirable. Here, we report a direct measurement of sliding friction between graphene and graphene, and(More)
Reactive molecular dynamics (ReaxFF) simulations are used to explore the atomic-level tribochemical mechanism of amorphous silica (a-SiO2) in a nanoscale, single-asperity contact in an aqueous environment. These sliding simulations are performed in both a phosphoric acid solution and in pure water under different normal pressures. The results show that(More)
Amorphous carbon is one of the most lubricious materials known, but the mechanism is not well understood. It is counterintuitive that such a strong covalent solid could exhibit exceptional lubricity. A prevailing view is that lubricity of amorphous carbon results from chemical passivation of dangling bonds on surfaces. Here we show instead that lubricity(More)
We investigate the in-plane confinement effect of two graphene layers on the diffusion behaviour of water sub-monolayers using molecular dynamics simulations. An unexpected fast diffusion state with giant anisotropy is observed when the two confining graphene walls have certain shifts applied to their relative positions. The phenomenon is mainly attributed(More)
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