eric hoek

Eric M.V. Hoek


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

5731 Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

(310) 794-7124

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Dr. Eric Hoek is a professor in UCLA’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability and the California NanoSystems Institute. He is also faculty director of the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, a campus-wide initiative to transform Los Angeles into the first sustainable megacity by 2050.

Dr. Hoek’s academic work explores the union of membrane technologies, nanomaterials and electrochemistry for a more sustainable future. He has also applied this knowledge as an entrepreneur having co-invented/founded several technology companies (e.g., NanoH2O, Water Planet, PolyCera, IntelliFlux) and as a consultant having advised various international, federal and California state agencies, municipalities, technology companies, investment funds, law firms and research funding agencies.

Dr. Hoek has worked on applications including drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, ocean and brackish water desalination, municipal and industrial water reuse, oil & gas produced water treatment, oil spill remediation, salinity gradient power, biogas production, kidney dialysis and protein purification. He has over 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 70 patents filed globally, is the co-Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Nature journal npj Clean Water. Dr. Hoek has a Ph.D. from Yale University, M.S. from UCLA, B.S. from Penn State and completed UCLA Anderson’s Executive Management and Director Education & Certification Programs.


Ph.D., Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University (2001)

M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, UCLA (1996)

B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Penn State (1995)


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Heat Resilient L.A.

Heat Resilient L.A. will over the next two years determine where and when people moving around the city are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat — a problem being caused by climate change — and assess which communities most need cooling interventions.


A review of water treatment membrane nanotechnologies

MaryTheresa Pendergast, Eric M. V. Hoek

Published Work | 2016 | Energy and Environemntal Science


A new high-pressure optical membrane module for direct observation of seawater RO membrane fouling and cleaning

Xiaofei Huang, Gregory Guillen, Eric M.V. Hoek

Published Work | Journal of Membrane Science

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