my name is Filippo Mangolini. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Materials Science Program) at the University of Texas at Austin.

Overarching goal of my research:
The overarching goal of my research is to develop a physically-based understanding of the structural transformations and chemical reactions occurring on material surfaces under extreme environments and conditions far from equilibrium. The broader impact of this research will be to aid in the rational design and synthesis of new, modified, and improved materials able to withstand harsh conditions, exhibiting improved tribological performance (i.e., low friction and wear), and suitable for a wide range of technological applications (e.g., engines, aerospace components, hard-disk overcoats, films for nanoelectromechanical systems). 

Currently my research focuses on:
  1. the development of fundamental understanding of the mechanochemistry of advanced lubricants (e.g., ionic liquids);
  2. the development of a physically-based understanding of the property-functional behavior relationships (i.e., the interrelationship between composition, structure, tribological performance and durability) for advanced solid lubricants (e.g., doped and alloyed amorphous carbon);
  3. studying the scientific foundation of the influence of the environment on the tribological performance of solid lubricants, with a particular focus on amorphous carbon thin films;
  4. the development of a fundamental understanding of the mechanism of actions of novel energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly lubricants;
  5. the development of a new in situ tribological method, based on X-ray and vibrational spectroscopic methods.

On this website, you can find:
  • my curriculum vitae;
  • some links related to my research;
  • something about my hobbies.