‘Statistical Considerations for Wear Scar Measurement in Antifriction Coatings’ presentation available on demand 

Technical presentation on “Statistical Considerations for Wear Scar Measurement"

At the 2021 Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Virtual Annual Meeting & Exhibition, MOLYKOTE® Specialty Lubricants Product R&D Chemist Melissa Mushrush, Ph.D., gave a technical presentation on “Statistical Considerations for Wear Scar Measurement in Antifriction Coatings.”

In her presentation, Mushrush assessed various film thickness and wear scar depth, width and volume measurements to determine which methods offer the lowest standard deviation in a statistically significant set of measurements. She also examined the largest change that can be detected when using the methods with the lowest standard deviation.

A recording of this presentation is now available on demand.

Melissa Mushrush, Ph.D.

About Melissa Mushrush, Ph.D.

Melissa has been a chemist for the MOLYKOTE® Specialty Lubricants brand since 2017 after 14 years at The Dow Chemical Company. In her current role, Melissa is exploring new materials for anti-friction coatings to improve friction and wear performance.

The expertise Melissa brings to MOLYKOTE® includes vacuum technology, thin-film deposition, film and device characterization, process data management, statistics and error analysis, and accelerated testing methods.

Melissa began her work at Dow on the Research Assignments Program and worked on projects in homogeneous catalysis, epoxy electrical laminates, polymer light-emitting diodes and polyisocyanurate foams before joining the High Throughput Formulations Lab in early 2005. In late 2006, Melissa was recruited as part of a small core R&D group to start an effort in thin-film solar technology and played a key role in setting up new capabilities in deposition and characterization of thin-film solar cells based on copper indium gallium diselenide [Cu(In,Ga)Se2 or CIGS]. Melissa led collaborations with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Institute for Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware to establish Dow’s solar expertise. She also led the co-design of specialized vacuum equipment from Von Ardenne Anlagentechnik in Dresden, Germany.

A member of STLE, Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Russian Language & Literature from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Inorganic Chemistry from The Tobin Marks group at Northwestern University.