Eric M.V. Hoek


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

(310) 206-3735

5732G Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

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Dr. Eric Hoek is an internationally recognized expert in membrane technology research, commercialization and application water treatment, desalination and reuse.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Hoek has been a UCLA environmental engineering professor and a co-inventor and/or co-founder of numerous successful water technology startups, including NanoH2OWater PlanetPolyCeraIntelliFlux and MembranePRO. Dr. Hoek has also served as a consultant to municipal water authorities, water technology startups, hedge funds, venture capital funds, law firms, private research foundations, non-profit foundations, US federal, state and local agencies and foreign national research agencies. 

As a UCLA environmental engineering professor, consultant and entrepreneur, Dr. Hoek has worked on drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, ocean and brackish water desalination, oil & gas produced water treatment, municipal and industrial water reuse and oil spill remediation. Dr. Hoek has over 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 70 patents filed in the U.S. and internationally, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Nature journal npj Clean Water.

Dr. Hoek has a Ph.D. in Engineering from Yale University and completed UCLA Anderson’s Executive Management and Director Education & Certification Programs.


Ph.D., Chemical Eng. Dept.; Environmental Eng. Program; Yale University (2002)
M.S., Chemical Eng. Dept.; Environmental Eng. Program; Yale University (1999)
M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept.; Environmental Eng. Program; UCLA (1996)
B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept.; Minor: Environmental Eng.; Penn State University

Research Interests

Our research interests revolve around the science, technology and application of membranes to all aspects of water treatment, desalination and reuse as well as human health and environmental protection.

Science: membrane formation, characterization and application; transport & interfacial phenomena; advanced process modeling, optimization & control

Technology: MD/FO/RO/NF/UF/MF/MBR/gas membrane separations; nanomaterials, nanotechnology & nanotoxicology; electrically-driven processes (electro-coagulation, electro-filtration, electro-oxidation and photo/electro-oxidation)

Applications: drinking water purification, wastewater treatment & reuse, brackish and ocean water desalination, oil spill cleanup & remediation, dairy, food & beverage separations, protein purification, kidney dialysis, CO2sequestration

The broader impact of our research is to advance water sustainability in California (and beyond), while training the next generation of environmental engineers.