Dr Richard Barker


  • Programme Manager - Oilfield Corrosion MSc
  • Deputy Admissions Officer
  • Lecturer in Oilfield Corrosion and Thermofluids

Research interests

Safe and efficient recovery of hydrocarbons is of paramount importance in the oil and gas industry. One of the main obstacles to successful production is internal pipeline corrosion, and this is where my particular research interest predominantly lies.

The presence of oil and gas in conjunction with water, sand and impurities can result in numerous corrosion mechanisms. These impurities are capable of causing catastrophic failures of pipelines and my research focuses on understanding, predicting and mitigating such corrosion processes.

Specific areas of research interest within the field of oil and gas include:

  • Erosion and erosion-corrosion of active and passive materials in multiphase flow
  • Top of line corrosion prediction using novel electrochemical techniques
  • H2S corrosion - specifically linking pitting/localised initiation and propagation with film formation/morphology
  • CO2 corrosion and FeCO3 film formation kinetics (nucleation and growth)
  • Corrosion mitigation techniques (chemical inhibition and coatings)
  • Design of unique, custom flow cells and electrochemical techniques to observe and understand oil and gas corrosion phenomena

In addition to these research areas, I also have interests in:

  • Matrix acidising - pipeline inhibition during injection and flowback
  • Understanding the risk of dense phase CO2 transport in the process of Carbon Capture and Storage.

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Functional Surfaces