Dr Edo Boek

Dr Edo Boek

Reader in Chemical Engineering
IChemE Liaison
Fellow of the Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI)

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E402, Engineering, Mile End

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Expertise: Research in the group of Dr Edo Boek focuses on sustainable-energy and earth-resources engineering. Our group investigates novel technologies to help solve the Energy-Trilemma, including 1) sustainable drinking water treatment, including PFAS ("forever chemicals") remediation, water softening and GAC filtration, using Fluidised-Bed-Reactor experiments and simulation (with Waternet-Amsterdam); 2) separation and harvesting of nutritionals, bio-fuels and pharmaceuticals from cultivated micro-algae, using Photo-Bio-Reactor (PBR) / soft-matter experiments; 3) Geothermal Energy Engineering, in particular development of sustainable and HTHP-stable drilling fluids, maximising Rate of Penetration; 4) smart design of carbon electrodes for electrochemical devices, including Redox-Flow-Batteries, using pore-scale imaging, reactive multi-phase flow modelling;
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Affiliations: Member of the IChemE

Brief Biography

Dr Edo Boek holds a first degree in Earth Sciences (cum laude) from the University of Utrecht (NL) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering / Applied Physics from the University of Twente (NL). After a postdoctoral research fellowship at the the University of Nijmegen (NL), he accepted a position as senior research scientist at Schlumberger Cambridge Research (SCR), Cambridge (UK). At SCR, he has been researching complex fluids and flow in porous media, by developing a variety of multi-scale simulation methods, such as MD, MC, DPD, BD, SRD and LB. The central theme of his research is to develop fundamental understanding and prediction of macroscopic properties from the underlying micro- and meso-scopic properties. Applications include clay swelling, drilling fluids, hydraulic fracturing, formation damage, flow assurance, CO2 storage, asphaltene deposition and Enhanced Oil Recovery. After 15 years at Schlumberger, Dr Boek accepted a position as Senior Lecturer at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, UK. In particular, he has been responsible as Principal Investigator for the Multi-scale Imaging Facility at the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC), founded at Imperial College through long term industrial research funding. After 2 years at MathWorks, Dr Boek accepted a position as Reader in Chemical Engineering at Queen Mary University of London in the School of Engineering and Materials Science. In this capacity, he is responsible for setting up a new department of Chemical Engineering with focus on renewable energy engineering, including battery design and fuel cells. He also holds an Honorary Research Fellowship at DAMTP, University of Cambridge. His research covers numerical, experimental and theoretical investigations of soft matter in external fields and flow in porous media, with emphasis on chemical and physical processes at the pore scale. This includes development of multi-scale simulation and imaging methods (micro-CT scanning, micro-fluidics, confocal microscopy, rheology) of multi-phase flow and reactive transport in porous media. Dr Boek has > 100 peer-reviewed publications and > 3 granted patents on the subjects of complex fluids and flow in porous media.