The Inventor

Dr. Rob Whiteman is the Technical Director of ABS Inc. with over 30 years’ experience in environmental consulting and biological products applications development. He started in 1985 with Royal Dutch Shell as an applications specialist. In 1989, he was transferred to the USA as a consultant on-loan to Nalco. His life goal is to validate bioaugmentation through the application of Biofermentation®. Dr. Whiteman invites you to join him on LinkedIn for the latest news in biotechnology.


Phone: +1 904-213-7994



  • 1980-1985: Ph.D. – Environmental Engineering: Filamentous Growth in Anaerobic Systems – University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  • 1979-1980: M.Sc. – Environmental Engineering: Hydrogen Sulfide in Anaerobic Systems – University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  • 1976-1979: B.Sc. – Microbiology – University of Leeds, UK

Professional Positions

  • 1993-to date: ABS Inc, Technical Director. Fleming Island, FL, USA.
  • 1989-1993: InterBio, Technical Manager, North America – Consultant-on-loan to Nalco, Naperville, IL, USA;
  • 1985-1989: InterBio UK – Applications Development of Biological Products;
  • 1980-1984: Research Associate – Department Civil & Environmental Engineering – University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK;
  • 1976 & 1977: Laboratory Analyst – Severn-Trent Water plc, UK

Professional Bodies

  • Water Environment Federation (WEF)
  • Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Mgmt. (CWIEM)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Society for Applied Microbiologists (SAB)
  • Technical Association for the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)


Dr. Whiteman has written a number of publications related to anaerobic digestion and the use of biological additives to enhance the performance of aerobic waste treatment systems:

  • “Cause-and-Effect Study of Biofermentation®: A Novel Biosolids Residuals Point Source Reduction Technology” –  FWRJ, June 2016
  • “Application of Biotechnology for Reducing Biosolids Production In-Situ with Carbon Cycle Analysis”- 19th European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference, 2014
  • “In-Situ Biosolids Reduction using Biofermentation®”- NJWEA, 2012
  • “Using TOC For Best Management Practices”- TAPPI, 2000
  • “Biological Control of Hydrogen Sulfide Odors”- Regional West Coast TAPPI, 1999
  • “Improving Treatment Performance With Natural Bioaugmentation”- TAPPI, 1998
  • “Self-Cleaning Cleaners”- SMTC Video Conference, March 1997, Columbia, SC
  • “Pollution Prevention Parts Washing of the 1990’s”- Roundtable Pollution, Prevention Conference, April 1996, Washington DC
  • “Optimizing Biological Processes – A Look Inside The Black Box”- Gwinnett Industrial Conference, March 1994
  • “Bioaugmentation Aids Waste water Systems”- Environmental Protection, October, 1992
  • “The Application of Selected Microbial Formulations for Enhancing BOD Removal and Residence Time Studies”- TAPPI, 1992
  • “The Application of Selected Microbial Formulations in the Pulp & Paper Industry”- TAPPI, 1991
  • “The Application of Selected Micro-organisms to an Aerobic Waste  Water Treatment Plant in the Chemical Industry”- Chemical Waste Management, On or Off Site, 1989
  • “The Application of Selected Micro-organisms to Aerobic Waste  Water Treatment Plants”- REGEM, 1987 Poster
  • 1985: “Filamentous and Dispersed Growth in Anaerobic Contact Systems”- Ph.D. Dissertation
  • 1984: “Influence of Nutrients on the Settleability of Anaerobic Sludge”- Unpublished
  • 1980: “Sulfate Reduction and Sulfide Distribution at pH 7 and 35o C°” – M.Sc. Dissertation