Scientists at the University are taking part in research to understand and control processes that lead to the corrosion and wear of materials in industry.
Their work could have application in sectors such as marine and automotive transport, aerospace, nuclear, oil, and gas.
Corrosion and wear are estimated to cost the UK economy around £80 billion per annum.
Researchers from the School of Chemistry will take part in the work in a new partnership with BP, the Universities of Manchester, Leeds, and Cambridge, and Imperial College London.
Professor Colin Pulham will use experimental techniques to determine the interactions between surfaces and liquid lubricants at very high pressures and high shear rates.
His research will involve using extreme pressure diamond anvil cells and a range of chemical characterisation techniques.
Professor Philip Camp will use computer simulations to visualise the molecular-level processes that occur at the interfaces between materials and liquid lubricants, and provide complementary information to the experiments.
Their results will be used to guide the development of new lubricants and surface coatings to mitigate the costly effects of surface degradation.