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Meet Richard Cook

Dr Richard Cook, Associate Professor within the national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), is a specialist in nanomechanical and nanotribological testing with over 15 years’ research experience in this field.

Following a degree in biomaterials and a PhD in bone biomechanics, Richard became a lecturer in dental materials at the University of Otago, New Zealand, before returning to the UK and joining nCATS in 2009. His extensive research experience includes numerous application-focused industry projects.

Richard brings his expertise to our clients’ projects, using nCATS’ state-of-the-art nanomechanical and nanotribological testing facilities. He can provide nanoindentation – the use of tiny probes to test the mechanical properties of material surfaces on a very fine scale – and nano scratch testing, which involves scratching a surface in a highly controlled way to provide information on properties such as coating adhesion.

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Dr Richard Cook

  • Through nC², industry has access not only to top quality equipment, but to experts who truly understand it and know how to use it to get meaningful answers.

    Dr Richard Cook, Associate Professor, nanomechanics and nanotribology specialist