Dr Edo Boek

Dr Edo Boek

Reader in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy
Programme Director, Sustainable Engineering
IChemE Liaison

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 pressing environmental problems including 1) sustainable drinking water treatment, in particular PFAS ("forever chemicals") remediation, by developing novel nano-materials, and using foam fractionation, advanced filtration, fluidised bed reactors, QCM, AFM, Molecular Dynamics simulations, and image analysis; 2) separation and harvesting of nutritionals, biofuels and pharmaceuticals from cultivated micro-algal suspensions; 3) Geothermal Energy Engineering, incl. development of sustainable and HTHP stable colloidal drilling fluids; 4) smart design of carbon materials for electrochemical devices, including Redox Flow Batteries, using pore-scale imaging and …
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Affiliations: Fellow of the Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI)
Member of 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 PDRA 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 researched 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 PFAS remediation in soil and water resources, 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 was responsible for setting up a new division of Chemical Engineering with focus on renewable energy engineering. 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.