01 Sep 2022
13:30 – 17:30 TECHNOPARK® Aargau, Badenerstrasse 13, 5200 Brugg

Materials IQ: Extreme Tribology


Our new Materials IQ workshop will focus on on the cutting-edge topic of «Extreme Tribology». The attendees will gain an insight into current requirements and innovative solutions for tribological systems in extreme operating and environmental conditions. This includes very high speeds (E-drives), start-stop type motion (robotics), very high loads, and extreme temperatures.

The workshop will focus on specific tribological challenges drived by recent high-tech applications such as:

  • E-mobility, electric motors and gearboxes
  • H2 drives and mobility
  • Industrial robotics, automation and fast production systems
  • Wear-resistant and lubricative coatings – applications in the areas described above
  • Energy efficiency in tribology to contribute versus a net zero carbon world

We are happy to announce a lineup of high-profile speakers from industrial and academic research, covering these important topics. Based on relevant use cases, they will demonstrate innovative testing, materials and coating concepts to solve the new challenges.

This event is aimed at researchers, engineers and practitioners concerned with friction, wear and lubrication for advanced industrial and mobility use. Further target groups include technology experts from the fields of sensors and actuators, as well as circular economy.

Participation is free of charge. We look forward to welcoming you to Brugg after the summer break!


13.30 Welcome and Introduction to Materials IQ
Dr. Marcus Morstein, Hightech Zentrum Aargau AG and
Dr. Jörg Güttinger, Association NTN Innovative Surfaces
13.40 Introduction to the Workshop Topic
Prof. Dr. Patrik Hoffmann, Empa, Thun
13.50 Development and testing in extreme tribological environments
Dr. Ewald Badisch, AC2T Research GmbH, AT-Wiener Neustadt
14.10 Sliding bearing for oscillating movement at high loads
David Guillaume-Gentil & Carles Sagués Mitjana, Bobst SA, Lausanne
14.30 Moving accurately, sensing precisely, living longer – On the importance of friction models for industrial robotics
Dr. Arne Wahrburg, ABB AG, DE-Ladenburg
14.50 Tribological challenges in high-voltage switchgears
Dr. Moritz Böhm, Hitachi Energy Ltd., Zürich
15.20 Break
15.50 Mastering extreme conditions: The wheel-rail contact
Dr. Rowena Crockett, Empa, Dübendorf
16.10 DLC coatings for extreme tribological conditions in modern automotive components
Dr. Emanuel Tack, Oerlikon Surface Solutions AG, LI-Balzers
16.30 Tribological questions and surprises in fractional horsepower electrical drives and gears
Max Erick Busse-Grawitz, maxon international ag, Sachseln
16.50 Discussion
all participants
17.20 Wrap-Up, Next Steps
Materials IQ Team
17.30 Apéro Riche and Networking


Badenerstrasse 13, 5200 Brugg, Schweiz

Karte Veranstaltungsort

Materials IQ aims to serve as a co-creation platform along value chains to develop concrete opportunities through the smart use of advanced manufacturing processes and new materials.