Dr Nicola Symonds

Unit Head


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With a wealth of cutting-edge testing and imaging facilities at our fingertips, we can give you detailed insights into the properties of your material or component – whether for product development or to find out why something has gone wrong.

Expert advice and analysis

At nC2 we offer a complete service – our staff have the knowledge and experience to advise on the most effective techniques and interpret the results to give you a full picture.

Our materials characterisation expert, Dr Ilaria Corni, will take time to understand your requirements and build a bespoke package that meets your needs. Find out more about Ilaria.

Contact Ilaria to discuss your requirements

Dr Ilaria Corni preparing cross-sections for inspection

Preparing cross-sections for inspection

Our services, which could be stand-alone or in combination with other tests, include:

Using the relevant technique we can, for example:

  • measure properties such as roughness before and after erosion testing
  • find out whether a component has been made of the right material or to the right specification
  • produce a cross-section of a coating to confirm its thickness or the degradation method
  • measure wear scars on a surface following wear testing
  • Materials characterisation techniques can complement other testing methods, building a full picture of your material or component.

    Dr Ilaria Corni, Senior Consultant

What we offer

  • Free initial consultation and bespoke quote, which may include free practice tests to determine the best test plan – if you’re not sure exactly what you need, we can advise you.
  • A choice of packages to suit your requirements.
  • Tests tailored to your needs, run by specialist staff in our state-of-the-art labs.
  • A comprehensive report including results and expert advice, plus a meeting to discuss the results.

Why choose nC2?

  • A testing and analysis service of the highest quality.
  • Access to specialised facilities and knowledge across the University of Southampton.
  • Packages to suit your budget and requirements – whether you’re looking for a one-off test or support for a major project.
  • Excellent customer service – we’ll keep you in the loop every step of the way.
  • High levels of customer satisfaction.