Welcome to WeSST!

We are hosting WeSST – the Web Seminar Series on Tribology.


September 30th,
October 10th,
and October 14th

we will hold a workshop under the theme:

Tribology applications of big data, high-throughput, machine learning, artificial intelligence

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About WeSST!

WeSST wants to introduce online seminars as a tool for knowledge dissemination in the tribological community.

In our warming world the justification of long-distance air travel is becoming increasingly difficult, but the need for sharing of knowledge in scientific research remains vital. We believe that online seminars are a convenient additional mainstream mode of scientific information dissemination.

Speaker lists and recorded talks of previous series can be found here.

WeSST 2022 will take place during 3 days on September 30th, October 10th, and October 14th, featuring invited talks and introducing flash talks from early career scientists (PhD students, PostDocs, Fellows, …).

How does it work?

  • The talks will be hosted on Zoom and recordings are available on our YouTube channel
  • It is important to register! Registered attendees will receive email updates on the seminars and a link to the video streaming prior to each seminar.
  • Interaction with the speaker from the participants during the live sessions will be possible via questions submitted via the Zoom chat during the seminar and selected by a moderator.


First Session September 30th 2022

Second Session, October 10th 2022

Third Session October 14th 2022

Each seminar session will consist of two invited talks and three flash talks and will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel. Reserve a total of 3 hours for each one!


Martina Stella

Martina is a Boltzmann Research Fellow at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste. Her main research is centred around the development and application of multi-scale DFT methods for the modelling of excited states in molecular and extended systems (e.g OLED materials). In recent years she started working with classical molecular dynamics for modelling the tribology of solid lubricants and 2D materials in confined and extreme conditions, e.g. under shear and high pressure.

Michael Wolloch

Michael is an independent postdoc at the computational material science group of the University of Vienna, where he works on the fundamental aspects of adhesion and friction. His main interest is the development of high-throughput methods for ab-initio tribology, especially at solid-solid interfaces. Recently he joined the VASP software company part time, contributing to various high-throughput-DFT approaches.

Norbert Bader

Norbert is a post doctoral researcher currently working at the Institute of Machine Design and Tribology of Leibniz University Hannover. His research focuses on the high pressure rheology of lubricants in highly loaded non-conforming contacts, especially elastohydrodynamicly lubricated contacts (EHL). Further areas of ongoing work are the behaviour of grease in EHL contacts, the electrical behaviour of lubricants in highly loaded contacts, simulation of lubrication problems, and measurment techniques to determine fluid properties at high pressures and temperatures.


Chiara Gattinoni

Chiara is a Lecturer at London South Bank University. She is a surface scientist with an interest in the computational modelling of tribological and catalytic processes. She dreams of seeing ab initio methods become routinely used in tribology and she is working hard to make it happen.

James P. Ewen

James is a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow at Imperial College London. His research focuses on the application of molecular simulations to study surfaces and interfaces. Currently, he is particularly interested in mechanochemical effects on lubricant additive behaviour.

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Email: contact@wesstribo.com

Twitter: @wesstribo