University of Delaware - College of Engineering

Harman Khare

Post-doctoral researcher, Carpick Group
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
University of Pennsylvania

142A Towne
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Executive summary

Harman Khare is a PhD candidate and Research Assistant in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Delaware. He obtained his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Panjab University (Chandigarh, India) in 2008 before beginning his doctoral studies. His research focuses on bridging length-scales in experimental tribology measurements through a combination of macroscale testing and nanotribology. Specifically, his research targets solid lubricant coatings and bulk nanocomposites for extreme conditions such as space and high temperature applications.

Awards and honors

  • STLE Philadelphia Section Scholarship, 2013
  • STLE Young Tribologist Award, 2013
  • University of Delaware Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Achievement Award, 2013
  • University of Delaware Graduate Fellow, 2012
  • Univesity of Delaware Profesional Development Award, 2012
  • STLE 2012 Annual Meeting Platinum Poster Award, 2012


  • Surface and sub-surface contributions of oxidaation and moisture to room temperature friction of molybdenum disulfide, H.S. Khare and D.L. Burris, Tribology Letters, 10.1007/s11249-013-0273-0
  • The effect of environmental water and oxygen on temperature-dependent friction of sputtered molybdenum disulfide, H.S. Khare and D.L. Burris, Tribology Letters 52 (2013) 485-493
  • The extended wedge method: AFM friction calibration for improved error tolerance to AFM misalignment, tip-offset and blunt probes, H.S. Khare and D.L. Burris, Review of Scientific Instruments 84 (2013) 055108
  • Transfer film evolution and its role in promoting ultra-low wear of a PTFE nanocomposite, J. Ye, H.S. Khare and D.L. Burris, Wear 297 (2013) 1095-1102
  • A quantitative method for measuring nanocomposite dispersion, H.S. Khare and D.L. Burris, Polymer 51 (2010) 719-729

Research areas

Composite and Advanced Materials

Design and synthesis of tribological composite materials, functionally graded materials, hierarchically structured materials, multifunctional materials (strength, lubricity, dissipation of frictional power)


Low friction, low wear polymer nanocomposites for tribological applications; design; synthesis; characterization of dispersion, mechanical properties, crystallinity, crystalline morphology, interphase, tribology

Aerospace Engineering

Tribo-materials to lubricate moving mechanical assemblies in extreme air and space environments.

Design Science

Precision instrument design

Materials Engineering

Solid lubricant engineering; polymers science, composites, and nanocomposites; metal matrix composites, nanocomposite tribological coatings, diamond-like carbon, Polytetrafluoroethylene, Molybdenum disulfide and composites

Solid Mechanics

Contact and interface mechanics, failure of materials