Dr Nicola Symonds

Unit Head


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Who we are

We are a team within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS) at the University of Southampton. We have been providing consultancy services for customers seeking solutions in the fields of tribology, surface science and materials engineering since Oct 2015.

As a Consultancy Unit within the University of Southampton, our core staff of professional engineers harness state-of-the-art test and analysis facilities. We have the agility and expertise to design each project individually to meet your requirements drawing upon internationally recognised academic experts as needed.

What we do

We can simulate abrasive, corrosive or erosive environments. We provide high quality material analysis, failure examinations, characterisation and applied research projects for a variety of industrial sectors including manufacturing, oil and gas, transport, sport and medical.

The nC2 team

Engaging with us

From our first conversation, we will advise you in the strictest confidence. We have various working models to suit all types of industrial collaboration:

  • Fixed cost fully inclusive – suits small consultancy tasks
  • Per test rate – suits tribological testing work
  • Per day rate (capped) – ideal for investigations
  • External grants – for example from Innovate UK
  • Framework agreement – for large multi-package works


Meet our staff

Additional expertise

  • Dr Mark Light

    XRD specialist, Head of the Materials X-ray Diffraction Facility

  • Dr Terry Harvey

    Friction and wear testing expert, national Centre for Advanced Tribology Southampton

  • Dr Richard Cook

    Nanomechanics and nanotribology specialist, national Centre for Advanced Tribology Southampton