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

    Müser, M. H., Dapp, W. B., Bugnicourt, R., Sainsot, P., Lesaffre, N., Lubrecht, T. A., Persson, B. N. J., Harris, K., Bennett, A., Schulze, K., Rohde, S., Ifju, P., Sawyer, W. G., Angelini, T., Ashtari Esfahani, H., Kadkhodaei, M., Akbarzadeh, S., Wu, J-J., Vorlaufer, G., Vernes, A., Solhjoo, S., Vakis, A. I., Jackson, R. L., Xu, Y., Streator, J., Rostami, A., Dini, D., Medina, S., Carbone, G., Bottiglione, F., Afferrante, L., Monti, J., Pastewka, L., Robbins, M. O. & Greenwood, J. A. Dec-2017 In : Tribology Letters. 65, 4, p. 118 18 p., 118

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Surface roughness of gold substrates at the nanoscale: An atomistic simulation study

    Solhjoo, S. & Vakis, A. I. Nov-2017 In : Tribology International. 115, p. 165-178 14 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Mechanical design and modeling of a single-piston pump for the novel power take-off system of a wave energy converter

    Vakis, A. I. & Anagnostopoulos, J. S. Oct-2016 In : Renewable Energy. 96, Part A, p. 531-547 17 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  4. Definition and detection of contact in atomistic simulations

    Solhjoo, S. & Vakis, A. I. Nov-2015 In : Computational Materials Science. 109, p. 172-182

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  5. Three-DOF dynamic model with lubricant contact for thermal fly-height control nanotechnology

    Vakis, A. I., Hadjicostis, C. N. & Polycarpou, A. A. 4-Apr-2012 In : Journal of Physics D-Applied Physics. 45, 13, 14 p., 135402

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  6. Modeling Bearing and Shear Forces in Molecularly Thin Lubricants

    Vakis, A. I., Eriten, M. & Polycarpou, A. A. Mar-2011 In : Tribology Letters. 41, 3, p. 573-586 14 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  7. Head-disk interface nanotribology for Tbit/inch(2) recording densities: Near-contact and contact recording

    Vakis, A. I. & Polycarpou, A. A. 9-Jun-2010 In : Journal of Physics D-Applied Physics. 43, 22, 13 p., 225301

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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