Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Chair in Petroleum Engineering



+44 (0)20 7594 6500m.blunt Website




2.38ARoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Here are details of my book  from Cambridge University Press: Multiphase Flow in Permeable Media: A Pore-Scale Perspective" : cover


  • Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London, 1999-
  • Head of Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, 2006-2011
  • Head of Petroleum Engineering and Rock Mechanics (PERM) Group, 1999-2006
  • Assistant then Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University, California, 1992-1999 
  • Research Reservoir Engineer with BP in Sunbury-on-Thames, 1988-1992
  • MA and PhD degrees in theoretical physics from Cambridge University, 1988

Recent Measures of Esteem

  • 2019 Elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • 2019 Celsius Lecturer, University of Uppsala
  •  2018 Honorary Lifetime Membership, InterPore
  •  2017 Erasmus Award from the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
  •  2016 President's Medal for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2012 Darcy Award, Society of Core Analysts
  • 2011 Winner of the Lester U Uren Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • 2011- Editor-in-Chief, Transport in Porous Media
  • 2011- Director, iRock Technologies, China
  • 2007 Keynote speaker Forum on Reservoir Simulation, Abu Dhabi
  • 2006 Chair, Gordon Conference on Flow and Transport in Permeable Media, New Hampshire
  • 2006 Keynote speaker Computational Methods in Water Resources Conference, Copenhagen
  • 2001-2 SPE Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2001- Director, Streamsim Technologies inc, California

Research Interests

Professor Blunt's research interests are in multiphase flow in porous media with many applications including oil and gas recovery, geological carbon storage, and contaminant transport and clean-up in polluted aquifers. He performs experimental, theoretical and numerical research into many aspects of flow and transport in porous systems, including pore-scale imaging, modelling and analysis of displacement processes, and large-scale simulation using streamline-based methods. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Transport in Porous Media. He has over 250 scientific publications.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.




Akai T, Alhammadi AM, Blunt MJ, et al., 2019, Mechanisms of microscopic displacement during enhanced oil recovery in mixed-wet rocks revealed using direct numerical simulation, Transport in Porous Media, Vol:130, ISSN:0169-3913, Pages:731-749

Alhosani A, Scanziani A, Lin Q, et al., 2019, In situ pore-scale analysis of oil recovery during three-phase near-miscible CO2 injection in a water-wet carbonate rock, Advances in Water Resources, Vol:134, ISSN:0309-1708

Raeini AQ, Yang J, Bondino I, et al., 2019, Validating the generalized pore network model using micro-CT images of two-phase flow, Transport in Porous Media, Vol:130, ISSN:0169-3913, Pages:405-424

Spurin C, Bultreys T, Bijeljic B, et al., 2019, Mechanisms controlling fluid breakup and reconnection during two-phase flow in porous media, Physical Review E, Vol:100, ISSN:2470-0045

Spurin C, Bultreys T, Bijeljic B, et al., 2019, Intermittent fluid connectivity during two-phase flow in a heterogeneous carbonate rock, Physical Review E, Vol:100, ISSN:2470-0045

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