Prof. dr. ir. Bert Blocken

Prof. dr. ir. Bert Blocken (*1974, Hasselt, Belgium) is a Belgian national and a Civil Engineer holding a PhD in Civil Engineering / Building Physics from KU Leuven in Belgium. He is Full Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven (Leuven University) in Belgium. He has led the design and construction of the Eindhoven Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel and currently acts as its Scientific Director. His main areas of expertise are urban physics, city and building aerodynamics and sports aerodynamics. Since April 2020, he has invested most of his time into aerodynamic research on ventilation and aircleaning against COVID-19.

He has published 217 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. His h-index values are 62, 69 and 83 on Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar, respectively. He has graduated 24 PhD students. He developed TU/e's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Sports & Building Aerodynamics on the Coursera platform. He received the 2011 and 2018 Best Bachelor Teacher Award from the students of the Department of the Built Environment at TU/e. According to the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) & Elsevier, he was among the 150 most cited researchers world-wide both in the field of Civil Engineering and in the field of Energy Science & Engineering. He is listed as 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) for production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science Core Collection, ranking him in about the top 0.1% researchers in his field according to Clarivate Analytics ( He was listed as one of the 15 engineers world-wide "who mattered in 2020" by ( His first paper on COVID-19, ventilation and fitness centers was ranked by Altmetric in the top 0.003% of tracked articles ( Papers authored by his PhD students received best-paper awards in top journals in 2009, 2011, 2012. He received the Best Review Paper Award over a 5-year period in the journal Building Simulation in 2020 for a single-authored review paper.

He is editor of the peer-reviewed journal Building and Environment and associate editor of the journal Sports Engineering. He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, the journal Building Simulation, the International Journal of Ventilation and the journal SN Applied Sciences. He has acted as a reviewer for more than 70 different ISI journals. He is supervising a team of 5 senior researchers and 22 PhD students (see here).

He systematically works with Cycling Team Jumbo-Visma and world-leader in CFD software Ansys, who are close partners of Eindhoven University of Technology. Bert Blocken is involved in skinsuit design and optimizing the time trials and team time trials. He aided many athletes in reaching world records and Olympic and Paralympic medals in cycling and running. He is also involved in software development, and exploring new applications in CFD.

In the COVID-pandemic, he has dropped most of the above-mentioned activities, to aid in fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. He is the initiator and lead PI of the large "Aircleaning in Classrooms" project in Belgium and the Netherlands, in which high-quality and safe aircleaners are installed in 1000 classrooms, mostly free of charge by the associated companies. To gather evidence of their beneficial performance but also as an impetus to the government(s) to finally take action based on long-time established science and technology about aircleaners.

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