This work will provide a method to characterize a variety of novel high performance lubricants. In particular, surface tension and evolution of the contact angle on a variety of surfaces over one hour were recorded. Contact angles were measured using a ramé-hart Goniometer. Surface tension is measured with the same device using the pendant drop method. Fluids studied here include: trihexyltetradecylphosphonium bis(trifluoromethyl-sulfonyl) amide ([THTDP][NTf2]), trihexyltetradecyl-phosphonium decanoate ([THTDP][Deca]), 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium trifluorosulfonyl imide ([EMI][NTf2]), and 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate ([EMI][FMS]). Contact angles were measured on the following surfaces: AISI 52100 stainless steel disks polished to 0.01–0.05 μm, Kapton, SU-8, Teflon, and glass slides. The resultant change in roughness on 52100 steel disks was measured to provide insight into the corrosive properties of each liquid.

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