Carpick Research Group – University of Pennsylvania

Professor Carpick works at the intersection of mechanics, materials, and physics to conduct research into nanotribology (the atomic-scale origins of friction, adhesion, lubrication, and wear), nanomechanics, nanostructured materials, and scanning probe microscopy (SPM).  His primary focus is on using SPM and other materials in contact, and to apply the results to nanotechnology applications.  Recently he has focused extensively on the science and technology of ultrahard carbon-based thin films including nanocrystalline diamond, and on self-assembled monolayers.


For more information about Professor Carpick’s research visit his website.

The Promise of Nanotechnology

“The use of nanotechnology in consumer products and industrial applications is growing rapidly, with the products listed in the inventory showing just the tip of the iceberg.  How consumers respond to these early products — in food, electronics, health care, clothing and cars — will be a litmus test for broader market acceptance of nanotechnologies in the future.”

–Andrew D. Maynard
Chief Science Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars