Robert Carpick Named AVS Fellow

Robert Carpick, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, has been named Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) for "bringing fundamental insights into the origin of friction and wear at the nanoscale."

AVS is an international community of scientists, engineers and instrument manufacturers that strives to promote research and communicate knowledge in the important areas of surface, interface, vacuum, and thin film science/technology for the advancement of humankind. Fellowship recognizes AVS members who have made sustained and outstanding scientific and technical contributions in areas of interest to AVS and is the premier membership recognition for this professional society.

Carpick conducts his research at the intersection of mechanics, materials, and physics. He is an expert in experimental nanomechanics and nanotribology (friction, adhesion, and wear). His lab has developed novel advanced scanning probe microscopy tools, used to investigate the fundamental nature of materials in contact. Carpick has performed seminal work on nanoscale characterization of friction for many important materials, including ultra-thin organic films, solid single crystal and thin film surfaces including ultra-strong carbon-based materials, and polymeric materials.

To read more about Carpick and his research, please visit his faculty profile.