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Q. Jane Wang

Joseph Cummings Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Executive Director, Center for Surface Engineering and Tribology


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A216
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-7510Email Q. Jane Wang


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Center for Surface Engineering and Tribology


Mechanical Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program


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

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

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

Research Interests

Contact/interfacial mechanics, mechanotribology, tribological interfacial materials and novel lubricants, design and engineering of energy-efficient surfaces/interfaces, including 1) mechanics of solid-state batteries, 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) e-tribological designs of machine elements and their surfaces, multidisciplinary modeling of asperity contact; 4) multifield lubrication; 5) new lubricants and lubrication technologies; 6) industrial applications of models, surface designs, and novel lubricants for friction reduction, lubrication enhancement, and failure prevention, and 7) contact biomedical devices.

Significant Recognition

  • National Academy of Engineering, 2023
  • STLE Edmond E. Bisson Best Written Technical Contribution Award, 2023
  • STLE International Award, Society’s highest award to individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of tribology and/or its related sciences, 2015
  • ASME Journal of Tribology Best Paper Award, 2015
  • STLE Surface Engineering Best Paper for 2013
  • STLE Captain Alfred E. Hunt Best Paper Award, 2014
  • ASME Journal of Tribology Award Best Paper 2013
  • STLE Technical Committee Best Paper Award 2010
  • STLE Edmond E Bisson Best Written Technical Contribution Award, 2010
  • Fellow, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, 2007
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2009
  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 2000
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1997
  • STLE Captain Alfred E. Hunt Best Paper Award, 1997

Significant Professional Service

  • Chief Editor, Encyclopedia of Tribology, 6 volumes, Springer, 2013.
  • 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

Selected Publications

  1.  Wang, Q. and Zhu, D., Dec. 2019, Interfacial Mechanics, Theories and Methods for Contact and Lubrication, CRC Press, ISBN: 978-1-4398-1510-6, 978-1-1387-4890-3 Boca Raton, London, New York.
  2. Wang, Q. and Chung, Y. W., Chief Editors, 2013, Encyclopedia of Tribology, Springer, ISBN 978-0-387-92898-2, 6 volumes. New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London.
  3. Wang, Q., Sun, L., Zhang, X., Liu, S., and Zhu, D., 2020, “FFT-Based Methods for Computational Contact Mechanics,” Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. 6:61. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmech.2020.00061.
  4. Liu, S., Dorcy, N., Wang, Q., Chung, Y. P., and Berkebile, S., 2003, “Contacting Micro Asperity of a Deformable Surface,” Journal of Tribology, Nov 2023, 145(11): 111501.
  5. Zhang, X. and Wang, Q., 2022, “A Unified Analogy-Based Computation Methodology from Elasticity to Electromagnetic-Chemical-Thermal Fields and a Concept of Multifield Sensing,” ASME Open Journal of Engineering, invited, Inaugural issue, Vol. 1, 011008. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4053910.
  6. Khan, A. M., Ahmed, J., Martin, T., Liu, S., Chung, Y. W., and Wang, Q., 2023, “Formation of Wear-Protective Tribofilms on Different Steel Surfaces During Lubricated Sliding,” Tribology letters, Vol. 71, Article 57.
  7. Liu, S., Wang, Q., Chung, Y. W., and Berkebile, S., 2021, “Lubrication-Contact Interface Conditions and Novel Mixed/Boundary Lubrication Modeling Methodology," Tribology Letters, 69:164. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11249-021-01515-w.
  8. Ahmed, J., Shi, J., Lu, J, Ren, N., Lockwood, F., and Wang, Q., 2021, “A Novel Method for Fluid Pour-Point Prediction by Molecular Dynamics Simulations,” Tribology Transactions, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10402004.2021.1910391.
  9. He, T., Wang, Q., Zhang, X., Liu, Y., Li, Z., Kim, H. J., and Park, S., August 2021, “Modeling Thermal-Visco-Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication (TVEHL) Interfaces of Polymer-Based Materials,” Tribology International, Vol. 154, 106691, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.triboint.2020.106691.
  10. Zhang, X., Wang, Q., and He, Tao, 2020, “Transient and Steady-State Viscoelastic Contact Responses of Layer-Substrate Systems with Interfacial Imperfections,” Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol. 145, 104170, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmps.2020.104170.
  11. Zhang, X., Wang, Q., Harrison, K. L., Roberts, S. A, and Harris, S. J., 2020, “Pressure-Driven Interface Evolution in Solid State Lithium Metal Batteries,” Cell Reports Physical Science, Vol. 1 (2), 100012, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrp.2019.100012.
  12. Khan*, A. M., Wu*, H., Ma, Q., Chung, Y. W., and Wang Q., 2020, “Relating Tribological Performance and Tribofilm Formation to the Adsorption Strength of Surface-Active Precursors,” Tribology Letters, Vol. 68, Article No. 6, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11249-019-1249-5.
  13. Zhang, X., Wang, Q., Harrison, K., Roberts, S., Harris, S. J., 2019, “Rethinking How External Pressure Can Suppress Dendrites in Lithium Metal Batteries,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol. 166, pp. A3639-A3652. http://jes.ecsdl.org/content/166/15/A3639.full.pdf+html.
  14. Ma*, Q., He*, T., Khan, A. M., Wang, Q., and Chung, Y. W., 2021, “Achieving Macroscale Liquid Superlubricity Using Glycerol Aqueous Solutions,” Tribology International, Vol. 160, 107006, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.triboint.2021.107006.


Professor Wang owns 23 invention patents and patent applications.

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. She encourage innovative work and scholarly publications. Examples of student publications are the books, Remarkable Natural Material Surfaces and Their Engineering Potential, by ME346 students, edited by M. Lee, class of 2013, ISBN 978-3-319-03125-5 and Designing the Future: A Technological Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, McC Students Thomas Cohen and Raymond McCann, with a contribution from E. Winslow. ISBN 10:1636481752, ISBN-13:978-1636481753, Eliva, 2021. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1636481752