April 22, 2024

2024 John B. Fenn Sr. Foundation Endowed Scholarship Awarded to Takeru Omiya

After completing a B.S. and M.S. in Osaka, Takeru spent four years in Industry as a project leader developing engine oils. He is now at the University of Coimbra to work on his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Chemical Engineering. He hopes to expand his current knowledge of tribology in lubricants with coating technology that he can learn in the Ph.D. program.

Takeru says, “My doctoral research focuses on a cutting-edge area of tribology and surface engineering that intersects with vacuum coating technology. I am engaged in pioneering work centered on developing advanced lubrication systems that incorporate doped diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings deposited using high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS). This research aims to harness the unique properties of doped-DLC coatings in combination with novel lubricant additives such as copolymers and ionic liquids to enhance lubrication performance and reduce wear in automotive engines.”

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