Professor Ardian Morina


Professional Distinctions

Chartered Engineer - CEng, Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - MIMechE, Fellow of Higher Education Academy - FHEA


"Tribology Mission Day 2003" - best presentation award, IMechE, UK
The Willbur Deutsch Hunt Memorial Award, STLE, 2014
Numerous best poster awards


  • Director of Research and Innovation, School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Leeds Programme Manager, Joint European Master Tribology of Surfaces and Interfaces

Research interests

Prof Morina's research work is focused in the interdisciplinary research fields of tribology and surface engineering.

The main objective of his research work is the development of mechanistic and numerical models that describe friction and wear performance in boundary and mixed lubrication regime.  This research is of relevance to automotive, manufacturing and energy industries and is supported by EPSRC, EU and industry project grants.  His research work has been published in two book chapters and in more than 60 research papers as well as it has been presented in numerous national and international conferences.  Key research areas are:

Engine tribology and tribochemistry

  • Effect of lubricant chemistry on friction and wear performance of valve train and piston/ring interface.
  • Lubrication of ferrous and non-ferrous (DLC, Al-Si alloy) material
  • Tribological performance of inorganic and organic (NOCH) lubricant additives
  • Impact of biofuels on tribochemistry of engine oils

Transmission systems tribology and tribochemistry

  • Lubricant chemistry and bearing surface micropitting
  • Impact of friction modifiers on clutch performance
  • Extreme pressure additives interaction with DLC coatings

Novel experimental and analytical techniques for tribology/tribochemistry research

  • Raman spectroscopy and in-situ tribochemistry processes
  • Kinetic tribofilm study using the X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Friction and wear of novel materials

  • Application of nanostructures for superior boundary lubrication performance
  • Optimisation of coating deposition processes to enhance coating interaction with lubricant chemistry
  • Lubrication of porous materials

Interface processes

  • Bio-inspired anti-icing surfaces


  • MEng, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Engineer

Student education

Postgraduate Programme Manager, Joint European Master in Tribology of Surfaces and Interfaces - TRIBOS, (scholarships available)

Undergraduate teaching areas:

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Individual Project supervisor
  • Professional Skills 

Postgraudate teaching areas:

  • Lubrication and Lubricants
  • Team Project

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Functional Surfaces