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Institute of Engineering Thermofluids, Surfaces and Interfaces

Professor Ardian Morina

MEng; PhD (Heriot-Watt); ACIS

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Professor of Engineering Tribology


Responsibilities - Internal

  • Deputy Director of Research and Innovation, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds UK
  • External Liaison Officer, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds UK
  • Steering Group Member, Transport Systems Hub, University of Leeds UK

Responsibilities - External

  • Vice Chairman, Tribology Group Committee, IMechE
  • Organising Committee Member, Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology, University of Leeds UK
  • Editorial Board Member. Lubrication Science, Wiley
  • Editorial Board Member, Tribology - Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Maney Publishing

Academic Background


MEng, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK

Professional Distinctions

Chartered Engineer - CEng, Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - MIMechE, Fellow of Higher Education Academy - FHEA


  • "Tribology Mission Day 2003" - best presentation award, IMechE, UK
  • The Willbur Deutsch Hunt Memorial Award, STLE, 2014
  • Numerous best poster awards

Research activities

Research Interests

Dr Morina's research work is focused in the interdisciplinary research fields of tribology and surface engineering.

The main objective of his research work is the development of mechanistic and numerical models that describe friction and wear performance in boundary and mixed lubrication regime.  This research is of relevance to automotive, manufacturing and energy industries and is supported by EPSRC, EU and industry project grants.  His research work has been published in two book chapters and in more than 60 research papers as well as it has been presented in numerous national and international conferences.  Key research areas are:

Engine tribology and tribochemistry

  • Effect of lubricant chemistry on friction and wear performance of valve train and piston/ring interface.
  • Lubrication of ferrous and non-ferrous (DLC, Al-Si alloy) material
  • Tribological performance of inorganic and organic (NOCH) lubricant additives
  • Impact of biofuels on tribochemistry of engine oils

Transmission systems tribology and tribochemistry

  • Lubricant chemistry and bearing surface micropitting
  • Impact of friction modifiers on clutch performance
  • Extreme pressure additives interaction with DLC coatings

Novel experimental and analytical techniques for tribology/tribochemistry research

  • Raman spectroscopy and in-situ tribochemistry processes
  • Kinetic tribofilm study using the X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Friction and wear of novel materials

  • Application of nanostructures for superior boundary lubrication performance
  • Optimisation of coating deposition processes to enhance coating interaction with lubricant chemistry
  • Lubrication of porous materials

Interface processes

  • Bio-inspired anti-icing surfaces


Research Institute Membership

Research students

Professor Morina is currently supervising the following research student(s):

Erfan Abedi Esfahani Microelectrode technology for spatial resolution of tribocorrosion processes
Yasir Al-Jeboori
Lukman Animashaun Tribochemistry of boron-containing lubricant additives on ferrous and diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated surfaces for reduced friction and wear in internal combustion engines
Abdullah Azam Modelling the tribocorrosion interface in the mixed lubrication regime
Rachel Bingley
Abdel Dorgham Rheological and textural characteristics of ZDDP tribofilm in corrosive environment
Ali Ghanbarzadeh Boundary lubrication multiscale modelling by interface mechanics
Doris Khaemba Kinetic study of antiwear additive Zinc Dialkyl DithioPhosphate (ZDDP) and friction modifier Molybdenum (MoDTC) using in-situ Raman spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy
Thawhid Khan Swash plate axial-piston hydraulic motor: A study of surface protective treatments for pistons
Farnaz Motamen Salehi Variable displacement vane pump: a tribological study
Mahdiyar Nejadhamzeeigilani
MacDonald Ofune Development of laboratory test methodology for the simulation of valve train tribochemistry
Pourya Parsaeian Developing a new tribocorrosion model to predict wear in real bearing applications
Elio Piras Additives: their role in running -in
Yugal Rai In-situ interface chemical characterisation of a boundary lubricated contact
Benjamin Rothwell Design of robust PTFE faced bearings for performance and reliability in large rotating machinery
Nadia Salman
Nor Sarjo
Muhammad Siddiqui
Siavash Soltanahmadi Interface design for advanced bearing technologies
Bethan Warren Copper compatability with automatic transmission fluids
Leonardo Wechie

Teaching activities

Postgraduate Programme Manager, Joint European Master in Tribology of Surfaces and Interfaces - TRIBOS, (scholarships available)

Undergraduate modules

  • Module Leader, Solid Mechanics MECH1230 (Year 1 module, 20 credits)
  • Project Supervisor, Individual Project MECH3810 (Year 3 module, 30 credits)
  • Project Supervisor, Professional Skills MECH3800 (Year 3 module, 10 credits)

Postgraudate modules

  • Module Leader, Lubrication and Lubricants MECH5560M (Master level, 15 credits)
  • Project Supervisor, Team Project MECH5030M (Year 4 module, 60 credits)


Selected publications

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Charpentier TVJ; Neville A; Hewson RW; Morina A; Millner P Development of anti-icing materials by chemical tailoring of hydrophobic textured metallic surfaces. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2012.DOI

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