The Large and Rapidly Growing Family of 2D Early Transition Metal Carbides, Nitrides, and Carbonitrides (MXenes) Raises Significant Interest in the Materials Science and Chemistry of Materials Communities. Discovered a Little More Than a Decade Ago, MXenes Have Already Demonstrated Outstanding Potential in Various Applications Ranging from Energy Storage to Biology and Medicine. the Past Two Years Have Witnessed Increased Experimental and Theoretical Efforts toward Studying MXenes' Mechanical and Tribological Properties When Used as Lubricant Additives, Reinforcement Phases in Composites, or Solid Lubricant Coatings. Although Research on the Understanding of the Friction and Wear Performance of MXenes under Dry and Lubricated Conditions is Still in its Early Stages, It Has Experienced Rapid Growth Due to the Excellent Mechanical Properties and Chemical Reactivities Offered by MXenes that Make Them Adaptable to Being Combined with Other Materials, Thus Boosting their Tribological Performance. in This Perspective, the Most Promising Results in the Area of MXene Tribology Are Summarized, Future Important Problems to Be Pursued Further Are Outlined, and Methodological Recommendations that Could Be Useful for Experts as Well as Newcomers to MXenes Research, in Particular, to the Emerging Area of MXene Tribology, Are Provided.




National Science Foundation, Grant EQM190057

Keywords and Phrases

2D materials; 2D transition metal carbides; 2D transition metal nitrides; friction; mechanical properties; MXenes

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1521-4095; 0935-9648

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Article - Journal

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Final Version

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Publication Date

02 Feb 2023

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