Faculty Directory
Q. Jane Wang

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A219
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-7510Email Q. Jane Wang


Tribology Laboratories


Mechanical Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1993

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1989

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Xian University of Technology, Xian, China, 1982

Research Interests

Contact/interfacial mechanics, tribology of advanced materials and novel lubricants, design and engineering of energy-efficient surfaces, including 1) novel approaches of extreme-condition tribological and energy efficiency problems; 2) theories of and methods for contact and interfacial mechanics, numerical simulations of frictional heat transfer and mixed-thermo-elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication problems; 3) thermal-tribological designs of machine elements and their surfaces, multidisciplinary modeling of asperity contact; 4) virtual surface texturing and novel surface texturing technologies;  5) new lubricants and lubrication technologies; and 6) industrial applications of models, surface designs, and novel lubricants for friction reduction, lubrication enhancement, and failure prevention.



Significant Recognition

  • Surface Engineering Technical Committee 2010 Best Paper Award, STLE, 2011
  • Edmond E Bisson Best Written Technical Contribution Award, STLE, 2010
  • Ralph R. Teeter Educational Award, SAE, 2000
  • Advisor Award Certificate, ASME Board of Governors, 2000, 2002
  • Edmond E Bisson Best Written Contribution Award, STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication engineers), 2010
  • Fellow, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, 2007
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2009
  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award
  • ASME Advisor Award Certificate
  • Reviewer of the Year, ASME Journal of Tribology
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1997
  • Captain Alfred E. Hunt Best Paper Award (two papers, with H. S. Cheng), STLE, 1997

Significant Professional Service

  • Associate editor, Journal of Tribology, Tribology Transactions, and Advances in Tribology
  • Chair, 2011-2012, STLE Fellows Committee
  • Chair, 2011 ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference, Oct. 23-27, Los Angeles
  • Chair, STLE Annual Meeting Program Committee, May 2008, Cleveland
  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Triboloy, 2002-09
  • Associate Editor: STLE Tribology Transactions, 2003 - Present
  • Chief Editor, Encyclopedia of Tribology
  • Editorial Board Member:"Tribology - "Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces and Advances in Tribology
  • Associate Editor, Friction, 2012 - Present

Selected Publications

  • Michael Desanker, Xingliang He, Jie Lu, Pinzhi Liu, David B. Pickens, Massimiliano Delferro, Tobin J. Marks, Yip Wah Chung, Q. Jane Wang, “Alkyl-Cyclens as Effective Sulfur- and Phosphorus-Free Friction Modifiers for Boundary Lubrication”, ACS applied materials & interfaces, (2017)
  • Wei Pu, Dong Zhu, Jiaxu Wang, Q. Jane Wang, “Rolling-sliding contact fatigue of surfaces with sinusoidal roughness”, International Journal of Fatigue, (2016)
  • Chengjiao Yu, Zhanjiang Wang, Geng Liu, Leon M. Keer, Q. Jane Wang, “Maximum von Mises Stress and Its Location in Trilayer Materials in Contact”, Journal of Tribology, (2016)
  • Michael Desanker, Blake Johnson, Afif M. Seyam, Yip Wah Chung, Hassan S. Bazzi, Massimiliano Delferro, Tobin J. Marks, Q. Jane Wang, “Oil-Soluble Silver-Organic Molecule for in Situ Deposition of Lubricious Metallic Silver at High Temperatures”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, (2016)
  • Qinghua Zhou, Lechun Xie, Xueli Wang, Xiaoqing Jin, Zhanjiang Wang, Jiaxu Wang, Zhihong Jia, Leon M. Keer, Qian Wang, “Modeling rolling contact fatigue lives of composite materials based on the dual beam FIB/SEM technique”, International Journal of Fatigue, (2016)
  • Zhanjiang Wang, Hao Yu, Qian Wang, “Analytical solutions for elastic fields caused by eigenstrains in two joined and perfectly bonded half-spaces and related problems”, International Journal of Plasticity, (2016)
  • Yanfeng Han, Shangwu Xiong, Jiaxu Wang, Q. Jane Wang, “A new singularity treatment approach for journal-bearing mixed lubrication modeled by the finite difference method with a herringbone mesh”, Journal of Tribology, (2016)
  • Xuan Dou, Andrew R. Koltonow, Xingliang He, Hee Dong Jang, Qian Wang, Yip Wah Chung, Jiaxing Huang, “Self-dispersed crumpled graphene balls in oil for friction and wear reduction”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (2016)
  • Qinghua Zhou, Xiaoqing Jin, Zhanjiang Wang, Yong Yang, Jiaxu Wang, Leon M. Keer, Qian Wang, “A mesh differential refinement scheme for solving elastic fields of half-space inclusion problems”, Tribology International, (2016)
  • Qinghua Zhou, Xiaoqing Jin, Zhanjiang Wang, Jiaxu Wang, Leon M. Keer, Qian Wang, “Numerical EIM with 3D FFT for the contact with a smooth or rough surface involving complicated and distributed inhomogeneities”, Tribology International, (2016)
  • Yifeng He, Thomas J. Zolper, Pinzhi Liu, Yuzhen Zhao, Xingliang He, Xuejin Shen, Hongwei Sun, Qinghua Duan, Qian Wang, “Elastohydrodynamic lubrication properties and friction behaviors of several ester base stocks”, Friction, (2015)
  • Zhanjiang Wang, Chenjiao Yu, Qian Wang, “An efficient method for solving three-dimensional fretting contact problems involving multilayered or functionally graded materials”, International Journal of Solids and Structures, (2015)
  • Hualong Yu, Zhe Li, Bing Jiang, Michael Poldneff, Craig Burkhart, Wing Kam Liu, Q. Jane Wang, “Determination of the viscoelastic interfacial properties between silica and SNR-based materials via a semi-empirical approach”, Mechanics of Materials, (2015)
  • Pinzhi Liu, Hualong Yu, Ning Ren, Frances E. Lockwood, Q. Jane Wang, “Pressure-Viscosity Coefficient of Hydrocarbon Base Oil through Molecular Dynamics Simulations”, Tribology Letters, (2015)
  • Sun, Cheng; Wang, Q. Jane; Lu, Jie, “Mechanical Simulation of a Diatom Frustule Structure”, Journal of Bionic Engineering, (2015)
  • Marks, Tobin J.; Wang, Qian; Chung, Yip-Wah; Zolper, Thomas J.; Jungk, Manfred, “Correlation of polysiloxane molecular structure to shear-thinning power-law exponent using elastohydrodynamic film thickness measurements”, Journal of Tribology, (2015)
  • Wang, Qian; Wang, Zhanjiang; Jin, Xiaoqing; Keer, Leon M.; Wang, Jiaxu, “Numerical modeling of distributed inhomogeneities and their effect on rolling-contact fatigue life”, Journal of Tribology, (2015)
  • Wang, Qian; Zhu, Dong; Liu, Yuchuan, “On the numerical accuracy of rough surface EHL solution”, Tribology and Lubrication Technology, (2015)
  • Jane Wang, Q.; Wang, Zhanjiang; Xie, Lechun; Palmer, David; Otto, Frederick, “Effect of Surface Hardening Technique and Case Depth on Rolling Contact Fatigue Behavior of Alloy Steels”, Tribology Transactions, (2015)
  • Wang, Zhanjiang; Wang, Q. Jane; Wang, Jiaxu; Shi, Fanghui; Han, Yanfeng, “Effects of Shaft Axial Motion and Misalignment on the Lubrication Performance of Journal Bearings Via a Fast Mixed EHL Computing Technology”, Tribology Transactions, (2015)
  • Wang, Qian; Wang, Zhanjiang; Jin, Xiaoqing; Keer, Leon M.; Wang, Jiaxu, “Numerical Implementation of the Equivalent Inclusion Method for 2D Arbitrarily Shaped Inhomogeneities”, Journal of Elasticity, (2014)
  • Wang, Qian; Wang, Zhanjiang; Jin, Xiaoqing; Keer, Leon M.; Zhou, Qinghua, “On the solution of an elliptical inhomogeneity in plane elasticity by the equivalent inclusion method”, Journal of Elasticity, (2014)
  • Wang, Q. Jane; Li, Zhe; Yu, Hualong; Burkhart, Craig; Jiang, Bing, “Determination of the viscoelastic interfacial properties between silica and SNR-based materials via a semi-empirical approach”, Mechanics of Materials, (2014)
  • Chung, Yip-Wah; Seyam, Afif M.; Wang, Q. Jane; Twist, Christina P.; Kim, Myung-Gil, “Synthesis and characterization of silver(I) pyrazolylmethylpyridine complexes and their implementation as metallic silver thin film precursors”, Inorganic Chemistry, (2014)
  • Jin, Xiaoqing; Wang, Zhanjiang; Zhou, Qinghua; Jane Wang, Q.; Wang, Jiaxu, “Effect of reinforcements on rolling contact fatigue behaviors of titanium matrix composite (TiB + TiC)/Ti-6Al-4V”, International Journal of Fatigue, (2014)
  • Wang, Qian; Wang, Zhanjiang; Zhu, Dong, “Elastohydrodynamic lubrication of inhomogeneous materials using the equivalent inclusion method”, Journal of Tribology, (2014)
  • Brunetiere, Noel; Jane Wang, Q., “Large-scale simulation of fluid flows for lubrication of rough surfaces”, Journal of Tribology, (2014)
  • Wang, Qian; Chung, Yip-Wah; Jungk, Manfred; Zolper, Thomas J.; Marks, Tobin J., “Modeling polysiloxane volume and viscosity variations with molecular structure and thermodynamic state”, Journal of Tribology, (2014)
  • Chen, Wei; He, Bo; Wang, Q. Jane; Yu, Hualong; Yu, Chengjiao, “Understanding topographic dependence of friction with micro- and nano-grooved surfaces”, Tribology Letters, (2014)
  • Wang, Q. Jane; Wang, Zhanjiang; Chan, Chia-Wen; Han, Yan-Feng; Wang, Jiaxu, “Exploration on a Fast EHL Computing Technology for Analyzing Journal Bearings with Engineered Surface Textures”, Tribology Transactions, (2014)
  • Wang, Qian; Liu, Yuchuan; Zhu, Dong, “On the Numerical Accuracy of Rough Surface EHL Solution”, Tribology Transactions, (2014)
  • Burkhart, Craig; Poldneff, Mike; Jiang, Bing; Wang, Q. Jane; Li, Zhe, “Interfacial properties of carbon-rubber interfaces investigated via indentation pull-out tests and the JKR theory”, Tribology Letters, (2013)
  • Chung, Yip-Wah; Marks, Tobin J.; Wang, Q. Jane; Twist, Christina P.; Bassanetti, Irene, “Silver-organic oil additive for high-temperature applications”, Tribology Letters, (2013)
  • Wang, Q. Jane; Cao, Jian; Ling, Tiffany Davis; Liu, Pinzhi; Xiong, Shangwu, “Surface texturing of drill bits for adhesion reduction and tool life enhancement”, Tribology Letters, (2013)

In the Classroom

Professor Wang believes that encouraging active learning and promoting motivational forces, or psychological stimulators, can help achieve the best teaching effect. She feels that teaching is an art that requires a constant effort for improvement. She consistently conducts teaching experiments and search for effective means of classroom instruction.

Professor Wang teaches Design of Element at the undergraduate level and Tribology courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Professor Wang is very active in supervising graduate and undergraduate research projects.