Prof Bob Eden

Honorary Professor Well Integrity and Geomicrobiology

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Bob Eden is an inventor and technology entrepreneur, working across the disciplines of biology, engineering and materials science.  He has thirty-five years’ experience in the oil & gas sector, specialising in surface and subsurface water management.

In 1980 he joined Manchester to study for a master’s degree in Corrosion Science and Engineering, and in 1981 commenced a doctorate in the same field.  Whilst at UMIST he became the resident Shotokan karate instructor, gaining full colours from the Athletics Union, and in the year of his graduation was recipient of the 1985 WD Oldham Sportsman of the Year prize.

Bob’s first 15 years’ industrial experience was at CAPCIS, a spinout company within UMIST with a remarkable global reputation in corrosion failure investigation and corrosion management.  Here he collaborated with a number of academic departments in the areas of oilfield reservoir souring, marine corrosion, biofouling control and the electrochemical behaviour of microbiological fouling.

Between 1997 to 2003, he was appointed an Honorary Research Fellow to the Department of Medicine, for technology transfer of microbiological corrosion monitoring techniques into the clinical environment to investigate the electrochemistry of human cancer cell cultures and their response to chemotherapies.

In 2000, he moved from UMIST and founded Rawwater Engineering Company Limited, an R&D company that built physical simulators in which to conduct O&G research.  In 2001 he re-associated with Manchester when he was appointed Visiting Entrepreneurial Fellow by Professor David Auckland, then Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering, to the newly formed Manchester Science Enterprise Centre

To date, Bob has raised £15M in research and consultancy funding, attracting support from the major global oil operators, including BP, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Saudi Aramco, Equinor and Total, and the venture capital community to build and trial prototype electrochemical monitoring equipment for UMIST’s spinout Oncoprobe Ltd.

His technology developed initially for the oilfield has included subsurface numerical flow simulations to forecast geomicrobiological souring, the evaluation of oil reservoir souring in pressurized bioreactors, design of geothermal well fines removal equipment, development of oil well repair & abandonment metal sealing technology and investigations of potable water well failures.

Rawwater is, in some ways, akin to an extramural university department.  It has the World’s most extensive pressurized souring bioreactor suite and data-base, enjoying collaborative academic studies with the universities of Newcastle and Aberdeen, and in particular a strong relationship with Manchester.

In 2016, Bob’s underwater metal sealing and leak suppression technology was adapted for use in the Nuclear sector, and in 2019 extended to the Defense sector.

Latterly, he has shared his industrial experience and contacts in the field of technology exploitation with academia, and in August 2019 was appointed Honorary Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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