Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Chair in Petroleum Engineering



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2.38ARoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





 New 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

  • 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.




Akai T, Alhammadi AM, Blunt MJ, et al., Mechanisms of Microscopic Displacement During Enhanced Oil Recovery in Mixed-Wet Rocks Revealed Using Direct Numerical Simulation, Transport in Porous Media, ISSN:0169-3913

Blunt MJ, Lin Q, Akai T, et al., 2019, A thermodynamically consistent characterization of wettability in porous media using high-resolution imaging., J Colloid Interface Sci, Vol:552, Pages:59-65

Abd AS, Elhafyan E, Siddiqui AR, et al., 2019, A review of the phenomenon of counter-current spontaneous imbibition: Analysis and data interpretation, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Vol:180, ISSN:0920-4105, Pages:456-470

Raeini AQ, Yang J, Bondino I, et al., Validating the generalized pore network model using micro-CT images of two-phase flow, Transport in Porous Media, ISSN:0169-3913, Pages:1-20

Akai T, Lin Q, Alhosani A, et al., 2019, Quantification of uncertainty and best practice in computing interfacial curvature from complex pore space images., Materials (basel), Vol:12, ISSN:1996-1944, Pages:1-21

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