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UK Tribology meets with the Royal Society of Chemistry

On 15th October 2014 members of the UK Tribology committee met with the committee of the RSC’s Applied Materials Chemistry Group (AMCG) to discuss how the RSC could become involved with UK Tribology.

During the discussions that led to the formation of UK Tribology it was recognised that the Royal Society of Chemistry would be a valuable member, as chemistry plays an important role in some tribological systems.  Following the successful establishment of UK Tribology the committee has been working with the Society to determine how it could become involved.  One of the immediate problems was to identify which of the RSC’s Divisions and Groups should be approached as there are a number that could be thought to be of relevance to tribology.  Unlike the founding institutions of UK Tribology the RSC does not have one Division or Group that has an overarching responsibility for tribology or, perhaps more appropriately, tribochemistry.  

Advice from the RSC led us to initiate discussions with the Applied Materials Chemistry Group, which culminated with UK Tribology being invited to attend the recent committee meeting of the AMCG at Burlington House, the Society’s headquarters.  This Group has a history of some involvement with tribology through its organisation of a series of international conferences on Additives for Fuels and Lubricants between 2001 and 2009.  Although the focus was on chemistry there was always a session on tribology at these meetings.  The conferences were co-organised with the IMechE’s Tribology Group.

The meeting with the AMCG committee was very positive.  A presentation by Keith Harrison on UK Tribology provided background information on the reason for its founding, its history and an update on recent and future activities.  There followed an extensive and lively discussion from which some ideas for future joint activities emerged.  Since the meeting the Chairman of the AMCG has responded saying that the Group saw collaboration with UK Tribology as being positive and beneficial.  The UK Tribology committee will now work to develop a mutually beneficial collaboration.  The other UK Tribology committee members attending were Ben Beake and Roy Mortier.