A passion to combat microbial corrosion

An interview with Dr. Reza Javaherdashti of Eninco Engineering

By Ellie Pritchard

Dr. Reza Javaherdashti is passionate when it comes to corrosion, and methods to avoid it. This is perhaps not surprising since he has a Ph.D. in corrosion and an extensive background in metallurgical engineering and material science. In his daily work, he is General Manager at Eninco Engineering, a company well-known for its consultancy regarding protective and anti-corrosion coatings, which are used in a wide variety of industries. We recently sat down with him virtually to discuss some aspects of his work: the dangers of microbial corrosion, what Eninco is doing to combat it, the significance of the research, and why attending conferences is important.

Combining knowledge with practice

Dr. Reza Javaherdashti, Head of Corrosion research.
Dr. Reza Javaherdashti, Head of Corrosion research.

Dr. Javaherdashti: “In colloquial terms, corrosion is something that happens over time without us having any control over it. It is as natural as breathing. Microbial corrosion occurs when you have the additional impact of micro-organisms (such as bacteria); it happens in systems where water is being used as a liquid”. “The impact of microbial corrosion is severe. The cost to the economy of a country can be anything between 3-6% of its GNP. For a country like the Netherlands, the annual cost of corrosion is billions of dollars”.