dr. A. (Antonis) Vakis

Assistant Professor


Postal address:
Gebouw 5115, ruimte 0303

Phone: +31 50 363 4202

Research interests

My research interests lie in the areas of tribology and lubrication (i.e. the study of contact, friction and adhesion for dry and lubricated surfaces in relative motion), multiscale contact mechanics, mechanical design, manufacturing processes, renewable energy and biomechanics. Since joining the University of Groningen in January 2013, I have been (co-)supervising a number of postdoctoral researchers, PhD, Master and Bachelor students working on various research projects: molecularly thin lubrcant films, anti-bacterial coatings, thermally reversible polymers, additive (3D printing) and conventional manufacturing processes (forming, forging, etc.), as well as a novel wave energy harvester (Ocean Grazer).


  1. Meeting the Contact-Mechanics Challenge

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Definition and detection of contact in atomistic simulations

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Modeling Bearing and Shear Forces in Molecularly Thin Lubricants

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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