Michael Nosonovsky

Michael Nosonovsky

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering

On Sabbatical, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters

Dr. Nosonovsky has co-authored more than 150 papers and three books in the areas of surface science, tribology, and biomimetics, which have been cited more than 11,900 times. His pioneering work on friction and omniphobia (stuff that sticks to nothing!) has had practical applications to everything from ketchup bottles to self-cleaning solar panels.  He believes that nature is a tremendous engineer and uses many organic concepts in his quest for perfect materials.


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University (Boston, MA), 2001
  • MS, BA, Mechanical Engineering, St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia), 1992

Research Interests

  • Reducing energy consumption
  • Improving water-repellent surfaces
  • Self-organization at the interface (self-healing, self-lubrication, self-cleaning)
  • Biomimetic surfaces, including novel applications of the Lotus effect (omniphobicity, anti-fouling)
  • Adhesion and capillary force
  • Contact mechanics and dynamic friction
  • Fundamentals of friction and classical mechanics
  • History of classical mechanics



  • P. R. Menezes, S.P. Ingole, M. Nosonovsky, S. Kailas, M.R. Lovell, M.R. (Eds.) Tribology for Scientists and Engineers (Springer, 2013)   M. Nosonovsky & V. Mortazavi. Friction-Induced Vibrations and Self-Organization: Mechanics and Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics of Sliding Contact (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2013, forthcoming, see annotation at the end of this page)   M. Nosonovsky and P. K. Rohatgi Biomimetics in Materials Science: Self-healing, self-lubricating, and self-cleaning materials (Springer Series in  Materials Science, 2011, ISBN 978-1-4614-0925-0)
  • M. Nosonovsky and B. Bhushan, Multiscale Dissipative Mechanisms and Hierarchical Surfaces: Friction, Superhydrophobicity, and Biomimetics (NanoScience and Technology Series, Springer, Heidelberg, 2008)
  • Edited Books and Journal Issues
  • "Biomimetics" section editor, Springer Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology (Ed. B. Bhushan, 2012), Vols. 1-4


  • Flores Vivian, V. Hejazi, M. Kozhukhova, M. Nosonovsky, K. Sobolev, "Self-assembling particle-siloxane coatings for superhydrophobic concrete" ACS applied materials & interfaces" ACS Appl Mater & Interfaces, 5 (2013) 13284-13294
  • V. Hejazi, K. Sobolev, and M. Nosonovsky "From superhydrophobicity to icephobicity: forces and interaction analysis ", Nature's Scientific Reports, 2013, 3:2194 http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/130712/srep02194/full/srep02194.html
  • V. Mortazavi, R. Dsouza, and M. Nosonovsky "Study of contact angle hysteresis using Cellular Potts Model ", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15 (8), 2749 - 2756
  • M.Nosonovsky and V. Hejazi. "Why Superhydrophobic Surfaces Are Not Always Icephobic ", ACS Nano, 2012, 6:8488-8491
  • V. Hejazi and M.Nosonovsky. "Wetting transitions in two-, three-, and four-phase systems ", Langmuir, 2012, Vol. 28:2173-2180
  • V. Hejazi, A. Nyong, P. Rohatgi, M. Nosonovsky "Wetting transitions in underwater oleophobic surface of brass " Adv. Mater. Adv. Mater. 24 (2012) 5963-5966)
  • V. Mortazavi, C. Wang, and M. Nosonovsky, "Stability of Frictional Sliding With the Coefficient of Friction Depended on the Temperature " ASME J Tribology 134 (2012) 041601
  • M. Nosonovsky, "Slippery when wetted " Nature 477 (2011) 412-413
  • V. Mortazavi and M. Nosonovsky, "Friction-Induced Pattern-Formation and Turing systems " Langmuir 27 (2011) 4772-4779
  • M. Nosonovsky, "Self-organization at the frictional interface for green tribology " Phil. Trans. Royal. Soc. A., (2010), Vol. 368:4755-4774

 Awards, Honors and Societies

  • CEAS Excellence in Research Award (2013)
  • ASME Burt L. Newkirk award for outstanding theoretical research in nanotribology  (2008)
  • NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005-2007)
  • Best Reviewer award (2006), ASME Journal of Tribology