Lubricating oils are some of the most widely used products that play an essential role in keeping the smooth running of industry by reducing friction and reducing wear. Despite the widespread use of lubricants, a significant proportion of energy is still used overcoming friction in moving mechanical systems. A 1.3% reduction in friction and reduced wear and tear on parts would save 173M barrels of oil or about $12B.*
Turbostratic graphene has potential applications as a solid lubricant (5x more slick than other dry lubricants) and additive in liquid lubricants with properties such as chemical inertness, high mechanical strength to suppress material wear and shear favorable surface. It is capable of providing lubricating properties regardless of a dry or humid environment.