Tribochemistry as an Alternative Synthesis Pathway Academic Article uri icon


  • While reactions driven by mechanical force or stress can be labeled mechanochemical, those specifically occurring at a sliding interface inherit the name tribochemical, which stems from the study of friction and wear: tribology. Increased perception of tribochemical reactions has been gained through technological advancement, and the development of new applications remains on-going. This surprising physico-kinetic process offers great potential in novel reaction pathways for synthesis techniques and nanoparticle interactions, and it could prove to be a powerful cross-disciplinary research area among chemists, engineers, and physicists. In this review article, a survey of the history and recent usage of tribochemical reaction pathways is presented, with a focus on forging new compounds and materials with this sustainable synthesis methodology. In addition, an overview of tribochemistry‚Äôs current utility as a synthesis pathway is given and compared to that of traditional mechanochemistry.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Carlton, H., Huitink, D., & Liang, H.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Carlton, Hayden||Huitink, David||Liang, Hong

publication date

  • August 2020