Eric M.V. Hoek
Eric Hoek is working with BP engineers to deploy prototypes of oil-water separation technology to aid in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Eric Hoek is an associate professor at the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In 2009 Professor Hoek started a research project at UCLA to evaluate technology designed by Ocean Therapy Solutions to see if it could treat oil-contaminated waters.
Professor Hoek and his team developed strategies to enhance the technology’s performance, and it successfully removed 99.99% of oil-in-water emulsions. The team also developed oil-tolerant membranes that can reduce the oil concentration in waters while maintaining productivity, stability, and energy efficiency.
As a result of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that occurred in April 2010, there is an immediate need for rapid oil-water separation technology. Professor Hoek has made several trips to the Gulf region and has been working to deploy prototype systems to assist in the containment and clean-up efforts.