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Dr Robert Edyvean

Dr Robert Edyvean

Deputy Head of Department

Biological and Environmental Systems Group

Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering
University of Sheffield, Mappin Street
Sheffield S1 3JD
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 7506
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 7501
email : r.edyvean@sheffield.ac.uk

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of biofilm/metal interactions, waste management and environmental protection:

  • Bioadsorption processes
  • Anaerobic/aerobic interactions
  • Microbiologically influenced corrosion
  • Corrosion/biofilms and quality in water systems
  • Industrial waste-water treatment
  • Industrial solid waste reduction and treatment
  • Environmental policy


Current research projects

  • Optimisation of water treatment/distribution and conservation by Modelling and flow sheeting. Overseas studentship.
  • The development of novel biosorption systems. Several Government of Pakistan visiting Fellowships.
  • Mine waters and modelling of the Nottinghamshire coalfield. EPSRC.
  • Natural attenuation and remediation of polluted soils. Mexican and Libyan Government studentships and CMI project.
  • Modelling bacterial attachment to surfaces.
  • Anaerobic treatment of wastes.
  • Hazardous waste management.
  • Solid waste reduction in battery recycling industry (see DTI ZEE project).
  • De-leading and recycling of CRT glass.


Major UK programme on the Microbiology and Function of Biofilms in Groundwater.

The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is part of a major strategic development by the University of Sheffield to build a critical mass of research excellence in Cell-Mineral Interface Research.

This £1M programme, together with a £2.6M SRIF (Strategic Research Infrastructure Fund) spend in Environmental Engineering and in Nanotechnology, links strengths in Environmental Engineering Science to those in Surface Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Biological Imaging and Molecular Biology.

The programme is funded primarily by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), with additional support from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the University of Sheffield.

DTI ZEE (Zero Emission Enterprise) Project

The DTI (now BERR) is supporting a major project to develop a Zero Emission Enterprise demonstration in the recycling industry. Working with a large local recycling company we are developing ways to reduce all solid and liquid emissions to useful products and zero waste. This over £1M project is a true partnership between the investigations and laboratory experimental work (at the gram level) at the University, and the large scael testing and developing (at the multi tonne level) within industry.

Publications uSpace Apply

University of Sheffield
Dept. of Engineering Materials
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin St.
Sheffield S1 3TD

tel +44 (0)114 2225506
fax +44 (0)114 2226015

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