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Tier-2 Canada Research Chair in Decentralized and Small-Scale Water Treatment

Research areas description

Dr. Claveau-Mallet’s Chair focuses on the development and optimization of decentralized, small-scale water treatment processes that address groundwater drinking water supply contamination issues, in the overall context of the densification of septic systems in regions with vulnerable aquifers and sensitive ecosystems. In conventional septic systems, the purifying element used to remove organic matter from wastewater can be a potential source of contamination due to the partial or little-known removal of nutrients, pathogens, and emerging contaminants.

Professor Claveau-Mallet’s research seeks to characterize and model the physical, chemical, and biological phenomena in treatment processes, as well as develop criteria for the design and performance improvement of these processes relative to their size, water and energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Research interests

Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1500 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
  • 1501 Water quality, pollution
  • 1502 Waste water treatment
  • 4504 Groundwater

Research staff

Professors / researchers (1)
Number of graduate students: 5
Number of research agents: 3

External sources of funding

The Chair receives $120,000 annually over five years, provided by the Canada Research Chairs Program. The Chair also receives infrastructure funding of $159,381 from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (CFI), a contribution of $159,381 from the Government of Québec, and $79,692 from Polytechnique Montréal and partners, for a total of $398,454 earmarked for research infrastructure.