Dr. Nicholas X. Randall is a Chartered Engineer (CEng MIM) and holds a BSc. in Materials Science from Brunel University (London, UK) 1994 and a PhD from Neuchatel University (Neuchatel, Switzerland) 1997. His PhD Thesis, entitled “Development & Application of a Multi-functional Nanotribological Tool” consisted of developing the first combined system for nanoindentation and Scanning Force Microscopy (SFM). This system has now been commercially available since 1997.
From 1997 to 2002 he served as the Customer Services Manager with CSM Instruments in Switzerland. He was responsible for after-sales service, technical documentation, installations, training, and contract testing laboratory service. Currently he is the Vice-President of Business Development at CSM Instruments and was responsible for setting-up the U.S. subsidiary of CSM Instruments in Boston, MA. This office provides sales, support, and contract testing for North America, Canada, and Mexico.
Randall has published extensively in the field of surface mechanical properties testing, especially related to scratch (adhesion) testing, nanoindentation, and tribology testing. He is chairman of ASTM committee G02.40, responsible for developing tribological test standards for non-abrasive wear. He is currently writing a chapter on tribological testing of biomaterials for the forthcoming "ASM Handbook of Materials for Medical Devices," and is a member of MRS, ASM, ASTM, STLE, and The Institute of Materials (UK). He is a frequent reviewer of technical papers for Surface & Coatings Technology, Thin Solid Films, and Journal of Materials Research. He also runs a biannual course on Reliability and Test of MEMS and Microsystems as part of FSRM (Swiss Federation for Research in Microtechnology).