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Arash Zamyadi
Ph.D., Polytechnique Montréal; M.Sc., Université Laval; B.Sc., University of Tehran.

Phone: (514) 340-4711 Ext. 2186 Fax: (514) 340-3981 Room: C-616.9

Research interests and affiliations

Research interests

Exploring the evolution of water treatment challenges brought about by climate change, with specific experience in how climate change affects Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and reuse opportunities in the context of: • Water – Food – Energy Nexus • Teaching Learning & Youth Empowerment

Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1501 Water quality, pollution
  • 1007 Water resources and supply
  • 1502 Waste water treatment
  • 3107 Plasma physics


Recent publications
Journal article
Zamyadi, A., Romanis, C., Mills, T., Neilan, B., Choo, F., Coral, L.A., Gale, D., Newcombe, G., Crosbie, N., Stuetz, R. & Henderson, R.K. (2019). Diagnosing water treatment critical control points for cyanobacterial removal: Exploring benefits of combined microscopy, next-generation sequencing, and cell integrity methods. Water Research, 152, 96-105. Retrieved from
Journal article
Choo, F., Zamyadi, A., Stuetz, R.M., Newcombe, G., Newton, K. & Henderson, R.K. (2019). Enhanced real-time cyanobacterial fluorescence monitoring through chlorophyll-a interference compensation corrections. Water Research, 148, 86-96. Retrieved from
Journal article
Khan, S., Zamyadi, A., Rao, N.R.H., Li, X., Stuetz, R.M. & Henderson, R.K. (2019). Fluorescence spectroscopic characterisation of algal organic matter: Towards improved: In situ fluorometer development. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 5(2), 417-432. Retrieved from
Journal article
Zamyadi, A., Henderson, R.K., Newton, K., Capelo-Neto, J. & Newcombe, G. (2018). Assessment of the water treatment process's empirical model predictions for the management of aesthetic and health risks associated with cyanobacteria. Water, 10(5), 13 pages. Retrieved from


Dr Arash Zamyadi is an Assistant Professor at École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada. He is founder and leader of “Blue Green Innovation Hub (”. He conducted his NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship project at University of Toronto (2012 to 2014). Prior moving to Montreal, he was a Senior Research Associate at University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. He has international experience working with academics, government agencies, water utilities and industry partners on projects funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT), The Water Research Foundation (WRF), and Australian Research Council (ARC). His research and teaching expertise include water resources management, conventional and advanced water treatment techniques, water reuse, Water – Food – Energy Nexus, blended learning and youth empowerment. He has published 2 book chapters, 30 refereed articles in top-tier research journals (Scopus h-index: 12) and presented at 72 conferences worldwide. Part of his research activities are currently focused on “Treatment aspect” of the “Algal blooms, treatment, risk assessment, prediction and prevention through genomics (ATRAPP)” project (as Scientific Director) in collaboration with researchers in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Brazil. In 2017 he was invited by Melbourne Water and UNSW Global Water Institute to join The Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership which is a multi-party initiative which seeks to better manage algal blooms in water supply systems. He is an active member of International Water Association (IWA), Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ), American Water Works Association (AWWA), and Australian Water Association (AWA). He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Water Quality Research Journal published by IWA. Dr Zamyadi is the Vice Chair Communication of the IWA Tastes, Odours, and Algal Toxins in Drinking Water Resources and Aquaculture Specialist Group. In 2016 he was awarded an IWA Fellow position for sustained outstanding contribution as an engineer, educator, researcher and scientist to the water profession by the largest international network of water professionals.

Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Post-doctoral fellowship (1)

    • Glover, Caitlin Meara. Emerging chemical and microbial contaminates in water: Advanced detection and removal techniques and potential benefits.
  • Ph.D. (1)

    • Moradinejad, Saber. Advanced oxidation of potentially toxic cyanobacteria in water.
  • Professionnal master (1)

    • Zadfathollah Seighalani, Tahere. Oxidation of potentially toxic cyanobacterial cell: Removal of undesirable oxidant demand and understating fate of cell using visualisation technique.