Tribochemistry, Mechanical Alloying, Mechanochemistry: What is in a Name?

Adam A.L. Michalchuk, Elena V. Boldyreva, Ana M. Belenguer, Franziska Emmerling, Vladimir V. Boldyrev

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Over the decades, the application of mechanical force to influence chemical reactions has been called by various names: mechanochemistry, tribochemistry, mechanical alloying, to name but a few. The evolution of these terms has largely mirrored the understanding of the field. But what is meant by these terms, why have they evolved, and does it really matter how a process is called? Which parameters should be defined to describe unambiguously the experimental conditions such that others can reproduce the results, or to allow a meaningful comparison between processes explored under different conditions? Can the information on the process be encoded in a clear, concise, and self-explanatory way? We address these questions in this Opinion contribution, which we hope will spark timely and constructive discussion across the international mechanochemical community.

Original languageEnglish
Article number685789
Pages (from-to)685789
JournalFrontiers in Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2021


  • mechanical activation
  • mechanical alloying
  • mechanochemical pictographs
  • mechanochemistry
  • nomenclature
  • tribochemistry
  • tribology




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