Transforming oil analysis with lab-on-a-chip technology


Description of impact

"In 2016, PhD student, Rotimi Alabi and Dr Stephen Bowden from the University of Aberdeen identified that this was a huge challenge faced by many organisations and set out to devise a new, more effective methodology that could revolutionise the process. After many months of research into oil analysis and microfluidics, Rotimi founded his start-up company, RAB-Microfluidics, in collaboration with Professor John Parnell and Dr Stephen Bowden.

As Managing Director, Rotimi has led a team to develop cutting-edge technology which will allow companies to analyse oil samples on site. By removing the need to send samples back to labs onshore, the technology has the potential to offer huge cost and time savings across a wide range of industries. "

Project summary and aims

In industrial sectors such as oil and gas, maritime, manufacturing and renewables, it’s important that companies can monitor the operating condition of their equipment. Heavy machinery such as diesel engines, compressors, pumps and turbines need lubricating oil to reduce friction between components, and this oil is vital for safe and efficient operations.

Outcomes to Date / Future Developments

Impact statusImpact Completed (Open)
Impact date2016


  • Energy Transition