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Dr Richard B Cook BMedSci, PhD

Lecturer, Biotribology and Biomaterials

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Dr Richard Cook is a Lecturer within the national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS) within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Richard has over 10 years’ research experience in Biomaterials and Biomechanics. His undergraduate degree was a BMedSci (Biomaterials) from the University of Birmingham in 2001.  He obtained his PhD in 2006 from Cranfield University on ‘The fracture mechanics of cancellous bone.' This thesis won the Angela Newing Award for Biological Sciences and different aspects of the work were selected to compete for the European Society of Biomechanics, Clinical Biomechanics award in 2004 and 2006.

His subsequent position was as a lecturer in dental materials at the University of Otago in New Zealand 2006-2009. His research focus remained on the study of bone biomechanics but also on the environmental factors affecting the development of the Temporomandibular joint in animals. He left New Zealand to join the nCATS group in 2009.

Research interests

Current Research

Nanomechanical and nanotribological testing of materials: His interest is in the behaviour of materials at the nanoscale. His studies include biological materials such as feather keratin, bone, dentine and cartilage, as well as biomaterials in particular Cobalt Chromium

Particle characterization: His research investigates methods of imaging and characterizing nanoparticles from a range of sources including hip replacements and other environmental sources including exhaust emissions and brake wear

Forensic analysis of implant failure: He has established an analysis pathway at Southampton for the forensic examination and assessment of implant failure.

Dental Bioglasses and dental tribology: Dr Cook is interested in the protection and remineralisation behavior of bioglass derived hydroxyapatite in the oral environment

3D Imaging of a THR Surface
3D Imaging of a THR Surface
RedLux Image of a Retrieved Femoral Head Showing a Wear Scar
RedLux Image of a Retrieved Implant
Fracture in Cancellous Bone Tissue
Fracture in Cancellous Bone Tissue
Indentation Map of CoCrMo Alloy Surface to Investigate Hardness and Modulus Variations
Indentation Map of CoCrMo Alloy

Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Affiliate research groups

MDOT, Medical Device Obligations Taskforce, Apricot, KTP Knowledge Transfer Partnership with GlaxoSmithKline in calcified tissue imaging

Research project(s)

Electron Beam Melting of Biomedical Alloys

Pulsed large area electron beam melted can be used to modify the surface structure of biomedical medical alloys such as Titanium or Cobalt-Chromium. Because of the rapid melting and cooling rates, this causes unique microstructures to form that have improved corrosion, friction and wear performance.

Nanomechanical and Nanotribological Testing of Materials - Dormant


Nanowear and Nanofretting of Biomedical Materials

Wear Assessment and Forensic Analysis of Failed Hip Replacements

Abrasion-corrosion of cast CoCrMo alloy in simulated hip joint environments - Dormant

Better methods to measure wear of hip implants

To understand how hip implants fail, we must better understand how they wear.

Green Tribology

Tribology is the study of friction, lubrication and wear. Decreasing friction by any means always leads to welcome reductions in fuel and energy consumption, with a corresponding decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

3D imaging for Sensitivity toothpaste efficacy testing

3D visualisation experts at the University of Southampton are partnering with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to drive the development of new sensitive toothpastes.

Anatomically Precise Revolutionary Implant for bone Conserving Osteoarthritis Treatment (APRICOT)

The APRICOT project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 863183.

Medical Device Obligations Taskforce (MDOT)

Exams officer for the Advanced Mechanical Engineering Sciences, Sustainable Energy Technologies, Engineering and Sustainability and Biomedical Engineering MSc programmes

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Lecturer and Materials lead for Feeg1002

Lecturer SESM3028

SOCARS: Southampton Orthopaedics: Centre for Arthroplasty and Revsision Surgery

Joint replacement surgery has transformed the lives of millions of people over the last 50 years. Most joint replacements last for many years, but sometimes they fail and need revision surgery.

This is often complicated and requires teams of highly trained and experienced surgeons, doctors, nurses and physiotherapists to achieve the best outcomes for patients.

The recent problems encountered with various metal on metal hip implants have made it clear that there is a need for a centre of excellence for revision joint replacement surgery. 

In Southampton we have the expertise to investigate and treat patients with failed joint replacements and world class research facilities to investigate why some implants fail. Working together we want to improve the outcome of joint replacement surgery for the benefit of our patients.

Retrieved Femoral Stem
Retrieved Femoral Stem
Dr Richard B Cook
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number NNN: 7/5007

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