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





 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.




Andrew MG, Menke HP, Blunt MJ, et al., The Imaging of Dynamic Multiphase Fluid Flow Using Synchrotron-Based X-ray Microtomography at Reservoir Conditions, Transport in Porous Media, Vol:110, ISSN:1573-1634, Pages:1-24

Menke HP, Andrew MG, Vila-Comamala J, et al., 2017, Dynamic Pore-scale Reservoir-condition Imaging of Reaction in Carbonates Using Synchrotron Fast Tomography., J Vis Exp

Menke HP, Bijeljic B, Blunt MJ, 2017, Dynamic reservoir-condition microtomography of reactive transport in complex carbonates: Effect of initial pore structure and initial brine pH, Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol:204, ISSN:0016-7037, Pages:267-285

Scanziani A, Singh K, Blunt MJ, et al., 2017, Automatic method for estimation of in situ effective contact angle from X-ray micro tomography images of two-phase flow in porous media., J Colloid Interface Sci, Vol:496, Pages:51-59

Al-Menhali AS, Menke HP, Blunt MJ, et al., 2016, Pore Scale Observations of Trapped CO2 in Mixed-Wet Carbonate Rock: Applications to Storage in Oil Fields, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol:50, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:10282-10290

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