A method is provided for tribological lubrication of sliding contact surfaces, where two surfaces are in contact and in motion relative to each other, operating in a vapor-phase environment containing at least one alcohol compound at a concentration sufficiently high to provide one monolayer of coverage on at least one of the surfaces, where the alcohol compound continuously reacts at the surface to provide lubrication.
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the Department of Energy and Contract No. CMMI-0625493 awarded by the National Science Foundation. The Government has certain rights in the invention.