Prof Sture Hogmark


Professor Emeritus at the Materials Science Division, Uppsala University (UU)


Examina: BSc.: 1968 (mathematics, physics and theoretical physics at UU)


MEng.: 1970 (Technical Physics, UU)
PhD: 1976 (Materials Science, UU)

Docent 1980 (Materials Science, UU)


PhD thesis: "Dry wear of tool steels", Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis 370 (1976)
Professional 700801- 711231: Research engineer at the Swedish Research Institutute for National Defence (FOA) (lasers, holography and optical interferometry)
720101 - 760631: PhD student at Materials Science Division, UU
760701 - 840631; Research Lecturer at Materials Science Division, UU
810127 - 971030; Associate professor (docent) at UU
890701 - 000630 Scientific adviser at the Department of Technology at the University of Karlstad (10%)


Since 1/10 97 Professor in Materials Science with Emphasis on Tribology, at Materials Science Division, and leader of the Tribomaterials Group at UU (
Since 1/7 2008: Professor Emeritus in Materials Science with Emphasis on Tribology, UU.
Currently: Researcher on 20% in materials science and tribology, UU.
Independent consulting activities in materials science and tribology in general, and early 2011 engaged in the Swedish research planning for Generation IV nuclear power systems as a materials expert.


Materials science with emphasis on tribology, surface engineering and materials analysis. Applications: mechanical components, tools, metaillc materials, especially steels, caramic materials, polymers, lubricants.


Teaching Materials science, tribology, surface engineering, meatallography, electron microscopy, surface analysis, tool steels
PhD guiding I have superviced more than 50 students to their PhD in materals science and tribology at UU.


Opponent: PhD: June 1995 (KTH), Sept 1997 (CTH) Dec 1997 (NTNU Trondheim, Norway), Feb 1999 (University of Cape Town, South Africa) May 2000 (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Feb 2001 (Helsinki University, Finland), Nov 2001 (Helsinki University, Finland), April 2002 (University of Twente, Holland), Oct 2002 (Helsinki University, Finland), Nov 2004, (KTH), May 2008 CTH/Borlänge, November 2011 (NTNU Trondheim, Norway),


Lic: 1997, 2001, 2010 at KTH


PhD committee Member of the evaluation committee of PhD dissertations in Sweden:
UU 15 times, Chalmers 7, KTH 4, LTU (Luleå) 5 times, SLU (Swedish University of Agriculture) once.



Swedish Tribology Group 1988 - 1995, Uppsala Association for Joint Materials Research (USAM) 1994 – 2001, Chairman for the Swedish Research Council for Engineering Materials Science (TFR) 1999-2002


Coordinator of 51 projects from 15 European countries in COST 516-CAST (Coatings and Surface Treatments) 1996 – 2000 and 11 projects in COST 532 (Tribochemistry) 2002-2006.


Proceedings of the Work Shop "Mechanical behaviour of PVD Coated Materials" Holzhau/Erzgebirge 13 - 17/10 1997, Guest editor of Wear (Nordtrib 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, Ecotrib 2007) Co-editor of the Scientific Final Report of COST 516 Tribology, June 2000.


Publications: 175 papers in international refereed journals, 111 refereed conference proceedings, 14 books and book chapters.

Board member:

Management Committee of the COST 516 Action in Tribology 1994 - 2000, Swedish represaentative of the International Triboloby Council 1994-1996, Editorial Advisory Board for Scandinavian Science Publisher, project: Surface Characterization - A User´s Sourcebook 1992-1997, Advisory Board of Nordtrib since 1994, Workshop "Mechanical behaviour of PVD coated materails", -97 at the Technische Universität, Freiberg Germany and Wear of Materials 1999, Editorial Board for the international journals Tribologia since 1997 and WEAR since 1999, member of FEMS excecutive committee 2006 – 2007, Member of the evaluation board for the Swedeish Steel Prize (SSAB) since 2009.



About 20 papers annually for Wear of Materials, Thin Solid Films, Wear, ICMCTF (Metallurgical Coatings), Scand. J. of Metallurgy, Science of Hard Materials, Journal of Tribology (ASME), Vacuum Science and Technology, Plasma Surface Engineering, Physica Scripta, Surface Coatings, Journal of Physics D (Applied Physics), Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, and Tribology Transactions, Nordtrib, Ecotrib, Lubrication Science, Tribology International, Tribotest


The Jacob Wallenberg Scholarship 1992 for recognised research within materials science, Winner of Innovation Cup -99, the Eastern Region, with Diamond coated face seals, the R. F. Bunshah award for “The best paper at the Intl. Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films 1999”, The ASME Tribology Award at Nordtrib 2000 in Helsinki 11-14/6 2000, ASM recognition for contribution to Galling and Galling Test Methods, Florida 2002. Handelsbanken Innovation Foundation, Reward for distinguished research within surface engineering with commersial potential 2003, recipient of the 2012 R.F. Bunshah Award and ICMCTF Lecture. The members of the ASED Award's Committee were unanimous in your selection. You have made enormously important contributions to the field of surface engineering, and to the ICMCTF Conference, spanning a period of decades.


Expert witness: Two international trials (USA 1988-90) and Finland (1990 - 93)


Patents: Multilayered TiN/TaN-coated cutting tool (-97 05 27)
Universal tribotest (-9802017-5)

Short description of current research



• Surface engineering for reduced friction and wear focused on development of PVD (physical vapour deposition) coatings. Examples are TiN, NbN, TaN, CrN, MoN, TiC, CrC, WC/C, TiB2 and multilayered and superlattice coatings including these. Also duplex coating (nitriding followed by PVD coating) is studied. A technique to produce nanocrystalline diamond coating of high wear resistance giving ultra low friction has also been invented. Applications are found in tools for metal cutting (turning, milling, drilling, sawing, etc.) and forming (extrusion, die casting, stamping, rolling, etc.) and in mechanical components such as bearings, seals, valves, cam/follower systems, gears, electrical contacts, etc.


• Mechanisms of friction and wear of tool steels, cemented carbides, ceramic materials and metal matrix composites are studied on a fundamental level in order to understand and further improve the tribological properties of these materials.


• Development of theoretical models for friction and wear, new analytical techniques and improved tribological test methods and test equipment is a continuing process.


• Recently I have explored the mechanisms of friction between skis and snow, with the intention to assist in ski preparation for optimum glide.


• Together with my colleagues at UU I have just revield the mechanisms behind the curling action of curlig stones, an about 500 years old secret. We have also suggested how to produce identical curling stones.


Current activities
He works 20% of full time at Uppsala university primarily by teaching at a the National Tribology School, and guiding two PhD students to their final exams. He participates in one large research project on gear manufacturing that involves 10 swedish companies including Volvo and Scania.
In addition he currently works as a consultant in tribology and materials science, and especially in developing materials for next generation (Gen IV) of nuclear power generators.


Address: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Box 534, SE-75121 Uppsala, Sweden
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Phone: +44 18 471 3085, +44 70 655 41 43