Lubricants, Vol. 6, Pages 9: Are Ionic Liquids Good Boundary Lubricants' A Molecular Perspective

Research paper by Romain Lhermerout, Christophe Diederichs, Susan Perkin

Indexed on: 29 May '18Published on: 16 Jan '18Published in: Lubricants


The application of ionic liquids as lubricants has attracted substantial interest over the past decade and this has produced a rich literature. The aim of this review is to summarize the main findings about frictional behavior of ionic liquids in the boundary lubrication regime. We first recall why the unusual properties of ionic liquids make them very promising lubricants, and the molecular mechanisms at the origin of their lubricating behavior. We then point out the main challenges to be overcome in order to optimise ionic liquid lubricant performance for common applications. We finally discuss their use in the context of electroactive lubrication.