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August 1st, 2006
Slick answers sought for friction on nanoscale
Researchers in an area called nanotribology study the problem of reducing friction in micro- and nano-scaled electronic devices such as computer chips, microphones and drug-releasing mechanisms. Tribology is the science and technology of friction, lubrication and wear.
"Nanotechnology is a vast and multidisciplinary area," said Robert Carpick, a physicist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, "and for certain technologies, friction needs to be overcome."
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