Our research focus is application of multi-scale simulations and measurements to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying tribological phenomena. Current areas of active research include:

  • Atomic-scale friction
  • Thin film lubrication
  • Solid lubricants and coatings
  • Scanning probe wear
  • Micro-tribometry
  • Lubricant additives

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

Our team at the 2016 spring party
Our team at the 2016 STLE Annual Meeting
Our team at the 2015 holiday party
Our team at the 2015 STLE Annual Meeting
Our team at the 2015 summer party

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