Prof Ian Collins

Prof Ian Collins

Visiting Professor

Engineering 215

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Expertise: Oilfield chemistry spanning production chemistry (with deep expertise in mineral scale control and aqueous geochemistry), drilling, fracturing, enhanced oil recovery, geothermal energy, and carbon capture and storage. Wettability modification with chemical additives. Properties and behaviour of water-soluble polymers. Properties and behaviour of clay minerals.
Affiliations: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Chartered Chemist
Chartered Scientist

Brief Biography

My background is in colloid and surface chemistry. I joined BP to work in the Colloid Fundamentals team where I stayed for 6 years before moving into the Upstream part of the organisation. Overall I have 32 years of experience, working on multiple chemically-related topics which led to the filing of 43 patents.
I have been an honorary professor at at Heriot Watt since 2004 where I give a course on waterflood Enhanced Oil Recovery methods to the reservoir engineering students. I have also co-supervised a number of PhD students and sit on two professorial chair steering committees.
I was Executive Editor of the SPE Production & Operations Journal from 2014-2017.