Clean Technology 2010
Eric M.V. Hoek

Eric M.V. Hoek

Associate Professor

University of California, Los Angels

Dr. Eric M.V. Hoek is an Associate Professor in the Department Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director of the Nanomaterials and Membrane Technology Research (NanoMeTeR) Laboratory at UCLA. Prof. Hoek is also a faculty member of the California NanoSystems Institute, the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, the UCLA Water Technology Research Center, and the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy & Sustainability. Dr. Hoek completed his Ph.D. dissertation at Yale University in 2001; his was the first Ph.D. awarded in the field of Environmental Engineering at Yale.

Hoek's research program at UCLA explores the union of nanomaterials and membrane technologies for more efficient production of clean water and energy and for more effective protection of human health and the environment – all keys to a more sustainable future. For many years, his research focused on ways to improve performance, reduce cost, and mitigate environmental impacts associated with membrane-based desalination and water purification processes. In this pursuit, the NanoMeTeR Laboratory at UCLA has developed better diagnostic tools, methods, and models as well as advanced membrane material, module, and process designs. For example, Hoek and his co-workers pioneered the development of thin film nanocomposite membranes, which promise to reduce the cost and energy demand of RO membranes used in seawater desalination and wastewater reclamation. Hoek's nanocomposite membrane research received numerous awards (2007 Global Water Awards, Public Works Magazine Trendsetter), was featured in the New York Times, Forbes, and The Economist for its potential impact on the water industry, and according to Global Water Intelligence is among the “ten most important new technologies, which could change the way the world of water works.” Nanocomposite RO membrane technology is now being developed commercially by NanoH2O Inc.

In 2009, Hoek became co-editor of Desalination, the international journal on the science and technology of desalting and water purification, and he has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Nature Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Environmental Science & Technology, Langmuir, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, and Journal of Membrane Science. In addition, Hoek, along with his students and collaborators, have given over 200 invited, keynote, oral and poster presentations at international meetings, universities, and private companies around the world.

Co-teaching the course on Water Technologies: An eye on the 21st Century Technologies & Markets.

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