Our research focus is application of atomic-scale models and micro-scale friction measurements to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying tribological phenomena. Current areas of active research include:

  • Atomic-scale friction
  • Thin film lubrication
  • Solid lubrication and coatings
  • Materials for extreme environments
  • Cellulose nanocrystals
  • Scanning probe wear
  • Micro-tribometry

Interested graduate student or post-doctoral researchers should contact amartini(at) group2012

Ashlie Martini

Associate Professor
School of Engineering
University of California Merced
Office: SE2 272
Phone: 209-228-2354
E-mail: amartini(at)

Ashlie Martini

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2007
Northwestern University
BS, Mechanical Engineering, 1998
Northwestern University