Negative Friction Coefficients in Superlubric Graphite-Hexagonal Boron Nitride Heterojunctions

Davide Mandelli, Wengen Ouyang, Oded Hod, Michael Urbakh

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Negative friction coefficients, where friction is reduced upon increasing normal load, are predicted for superlubric graphite-hexagonal boron nitride heterojunctions. The origin of this counterintuitive behavior lies in the load-induced suppression of the moiré superstructure out-of-plane distortions leading to a less dissipative interfacial dynamics. Thermally induced enhancement of the out-of-plane fluctuations leads to an unusual increase of friction with temperature. The highlighted frictional mechanism is of a general nature and is expected to appear in many layered material heterojunctions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number076102
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - 21 Feb 2019


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