Micro and Nanotribology in MEMS, Manufacturing, and Automotive

39th Annual Spring Symposium American Vacuum Society
Michigan Chapter

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Symposium Objective

The American Vacuum Society Spring Symposium is a one-day conference dedicated to providing an overview of innovative scientific and technological developments in thin films and nanostructures. This year's symposium is focused on micro and nanotribology in the MEMS, manufacturing, and automotive industries. However, we welcome poster presentations from areas including science and technology of materials, surfaces, interfaces, processing, and vacuum science and technology.

Co-Sponsored by:

Oakland University
Office of Vice Provost for Research
OU INCubator
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Time and Location:

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Oakland University
Shotwell-Gustafson Pavilion
OU INCubator
401 Sunset Lane
Rochester MI 48309

Organizing Committee

Hongwei Qu, Pilar Herrera-Fierro, Hiroko Ohtani, Mark Cheng, Michael Lukitsch

Symposium Chair: J. David Schall

Registration Information

Attendees of the 2012 AVS symposium must RSVP by May 9th. (Note: the registration deadline has been extended to May 20th, but space is limited.)S
Registration fees can be paid onsite with cash, check, or credit card. The fee covers breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.

Students who become an AVS member (cost: $25) will receive free registration to this symposium as well as the AVS quarterly dinner meeting.
Students who present a poster will receive free registration.

Any questions can be directed to Dr. David Schall at schall2@oakland.edu.

Tentative Meeting Schedule

All sessions will be held in the Shotwell-Gustafson Pavilion. See Maps and Parking for more details.

8:00 AMRegistration, Coffee and Breakfast
8:25Opening Remarks

Keynote Speakers

Chair: J. David Schall, Oakland University
8:30 AMSome Aspects of Boundary Lubrication Relevant to Lubrication of Space Mechanisms and MEMS, Stephen V. Pepper, NASA-Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
9:15Frictional and Mechanical Properties of Lamellar and Nanostructured MoS2: Insights from Experiments and Simulations, Susan B. Sinnott - AVS President Elect, Department of MSE, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
10:00Coffee Break, Opening of Exhibition, and Poster setup

Session I: Micro and Nano Characterization of Surfaces and Interfaces

Chair: Mark Cheng, Wayne State University
10:20Surface chemistry characterization of tribological films on metal surfaces, Steven J. Simko, Ford Motor Company
10:45Mechanical Properties Mapping Using Probe Experiments: Fact and Fiction, Warren C. Oliver, Nanomechanics, INC
11:10Characteristics and Benefits of Tribological Thin Films on Steel Rolling Element Bearing Surfaces, Ryan Evans - Manager - Bearing Fundamentals & Tribology, The Timken Company, Canton, OH
11:35Nano Tribology during Micro-Laser Assisted Machining of Ceramics and Semiconductors, Dr. Deepak Ravindra & Dr. John PattenWestern Michigan University
12:00Equipment Exhibit
12:30 PMLunch

Session II: Micro and Nanotribology

Chair: Hongwei Qu, Oakland University
1:45 PMTuning the Tribological Properties of MEMS Type Surfaces via Nanoparticle Film Deposition, W. Robert Ashurst, Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
2:10Microtribology and Scaling Effect for Solid Lubricant Coatings, Richard Chromik, Department of Mining and Materials Engineering , McGill University
2:35From Micro to Nano in Manufacturing Processes, Ioan Marinescu, Director of Precision Micro-Machining Center, Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department, University of Toledo

Closing Speaker

3:00Living on a Dusty Moon, Kenneth W. Street, NASA


3:45Poster Session, Equipment Exhibit, and Wine-and-Cheese Reception
4:50Award ceremony for student poster awards
5:00Symposium ends

Commercial Exhibition

As part of the 39th Annual Spring Symposium, an exhibition will be held to showcase related technologies and display analytical and processing equipment of interest to the attendees of the meeting. The exhibition will be open to all symposium attendees during the entire day. The exhibit is open to public viewing at no charge between 10am and 5pm. Companies interested in exhibition may contact Dr. Schall or Dr. Pilar Herrera-Fierro (pilarhf@eecs.umich.edu; Phone: 734.936.8239).

We gratefully acknowledge the following commercial exhibitors (in alphabetical order):

Student Poster Session

Moderators: Dr. Pilar Herrera-Fierro, Dr. Hiroko Ohtani, and Dr. Mark Cheng
The symposium includes a poster session pertaining to the topics of interests to the AVS, namely science and technology of materials, surfaces, interfaces, processing and vacuum science and technology. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best posters. Students who submit posters receive free registration to the symposium.

Poster preparation

Please submit an abstract by May 9th. (Note: the registration deadline has been extended to May 20th, but space is limited.) Early submission is highly encouraged. When preparing your poster, please ensure that the size is smaller than 40" x 60". Poster boards and stands will be provided onsite. Late abstracts will be accepted; however, they may not be included in the program booklet. Don't forget to register as well.

List of abstracts

Maps & Parking

The symposium will take place in the Shotwell-Gustafson Pavilion at Oakland University's SmartZone Business Incubator (OU INC), located at 401 Sunset Lane, Rochester, MI 48309. Parking is available in Lot 55 adjacent to the pavilion.

Hotel Information

Preferred Partner Hotels
The following hotels are preferred partners of OU. Ask for OU discounted rates when making a reservation at these places: 

Comfort Suites
1565 North Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 370-0200

Hilton Suites
2300 Featherstone
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 322-2305
Courtyard Bloomfield Hills/Pontiac
3555 Centerpoint Parkway
Pontiac, Michigan
(800) 230-4134

Holiday Inn Express
3990 Baldwin Avenue
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(800) 448-2296
Courtyard by Marriott
1296 Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 373-4100
(800) 321-2211

Hyatt Place
1545 North Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 475-9393
Crowne Plaza
1500 N. Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 373-4550

Red Roof Inn
2580 Crooks Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan
(248) 853-6400
Hampton Inn
1461 North Opdyke Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan 
(248) 370-0044
Staybridge Suites
2050 Featherstone Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(248) 322-4600

Other Hotels Near OU
There are many other places near OU's campus to stay when you visit. See the Metro Travel Guide website for a complete list of places to stay.


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