Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Chair in Petroleum Engineering



+44 (0)20 7594 6500m.blunt




Ms Daphne Salazar +44 (0)20 7594 7401




2.38ARoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






  • 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

  • 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 applications to 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 modelling of displacement processes, and large-scale simulation using streamline-based methods. He is on the editorial boards of Transport in Porous Media, Water Resources Research and Advances in Water Resources. He was the Chair of the 2006 Gordon Conference on Flow in Permeable Media. He has over 200 scientific publications.



Menke HP, Andrew MG, Blunt MJ, et al., 2016, Reservoir condition imaging of reactive transport in heterogeneous carbonates using fast synchrotron tomography Effect of initial pore structure and flow conditions, Chemical Geology, Vol:428, ISSN:0009-2541, Pages:15-26

Singh K, Bijeljic B, Blunt MJ, 2016, Imaging of oil layers, curvature and contact angle in a mixed-wet and a water-wet carbonate rock, Water Resources Research, Vol:52, ISSN:0043-1397, Pages:1716-1728

Alyafei N, Blunt MJ, 2016, The effect of wettability on capillary trapping in carbonates, Advances In Water Resources, Vol:90, ISSN:0309-1708, Pages:36-50

Muljadi BP, Blunt MJ, Raeini AQ, et al., 2016, The impact of porous media heterogeneity on non-Darcy flow behaviour from pore-scale simulation, Advances In Water Resources, Vol:95, ISSN:0309-1708, Pages:329-340

Pereira Nunes JP, Blunt MJ, Bijeljic B, 2016, Pore-scale simulation of carbonate dissolution in micro-CT images, Journal of Geophysical Research-solid Earth, Vol:121, ISSN:2169-9313, Pages:558-576

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