Robert Carpick Awarded the ASME 2009 Burt L. Newkirk Award

May 8, 2009

PHILADELPHIA –- Robert Carpick, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Penn Director, Nanotechnology Institute, has been awrded the the ASME 2009 Burt L. Newkirk Award for significant contributions to the understanding of carpickthe tribological properties of ultrastrong carbon-based films through innovative experimental research that has revealed the dissipation and wear mechanisms of such films at the nanoscopic and atomic levels.

Carpick, an expert in nanotechnology, specializes in the study of tribology (friction) at the atomic or molecular scale. His research uses experimental techniques to explore friction's nature and origins, and its connections to the structural, chemical, mechanical, vibrational, and electronic properties of materials. His lab has developed novel advanced scanning probe microsopy tools, used to investigate the fundamental nature of materials in contact, and he has done seminal work on nanoscale characterization of friction for many important materials, including ultra-thin organic films, solid single crystal and thin film surfaces, and polymeric materials. Since September 2007, he has been Penn Director of the Nanotechnology Institute, a multi-institutional entity funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that advances commercial applications of nanotechnology through industry-university partnerships. For more information on Carpick and his research, please visit

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