J. David Schall, Ph.D.

J. David Schall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
328 EC; (248) 370-2870; Fax: (248) 370-4416

Ph.D., North Carolina State University


  • Ph.D. North Carolina State University, Materials Science and Engineering


  • Electromechanical Systems
  • Materials Properties and Processes
  • Polymer Materials
  • Polymer Processing


  • Molecular simulation of tribology
  • Molecular simulation of diamond and diamondlike carbon films
  • Experimental and theorectical measurement of thermal and tribological properties of nanofluids
  • Hydrogen embrittlement of wind turbine bearings
  • Nanoindentation of graphene and graphane films
  • Development of interatomic potentials

Selected Publications

1. “The Effects of Interface Structure and Polymerization on the Friction of Model
Self-Assembled Monolayers,” Tribology Letters, 2011

2. “Interdisciplinary Sophomore Design at Oakland University,” ASEE North Central
& Illinois-Indiana Section Conference, 2011

3. “AERIM Automotive-themed REU Program: Organization, Activities, Outcome
and Lessons Learned,” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, 2011

4. “Evaluation of Thermal Conductivity and Viscosity of Water-based AI2O3
Nanofluids,” Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference, 2010

5. “Modeling Materials in Contact,” American Vacuum Society Annual Meeting, 2010

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, OU, 2009 to present
  • Assistant Research Professor, Chemistry, United States Naval Academy, 2004-2009
  • Materials Analyst - IBM-RTP 1996-1997


  • Member of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
  • Secretary - Surface Engineering Committee, STLE