Research in Water Resource Management

The management of water resources is a growing concern with respect to the future of the planet. In this context, Polytechnique Montréal stands out as one of the most important centres of research on water resource management in Canada and around the world. With international-class laboratories, our researchers develop new technologies as well as innovative processes that contribute concretely to the value and sustainable use of water resources.

 

Research projects offered to future students

Research conducted at Polytechnique Montréal, elaborated below, deals with the topics of the supply of potable water, the treatment of wastewater, hydrology, the capture of atmospheric water, water supply in urban areas, computational fluid dynamics, etc.

If these projects are of interest to you, our research faculty is looking for future students at the graduate level who wish to contribute to scientific advances in the area of water resource management. You are invited to contact them after you have verified that you meet the school’s graduate-level admission requirements.

If you are seeking a project in another area of expertise, consult the repertoire to learn more about all the areas of expertise offered at Polytechnique Montréal, as well as the research projects offered to graduate students.

New technologies in the treatment of potable water

Lead Professor: Benoit Barbeau

Professor Benoit Barbeau is leading new projects in the development of innovative technologies to remove chemical and microbiological contaminants from potable water. Professor Barbeau holds the Industrial NSERC Chair in potable water and is the director of the Centre de recherche, développement et validation des technologies et procédés de traitement des eaux (CREDEAU), a centre for research, development and validation of water-treatment technologies and processes.

Professor Barbeau is seeking future students at the Master’s or doctoral level who are interested in technologies using membrane filtration, active carbon absorption, ionic exchange and biological filtration that will lead to the development of new processes designed to eliminate micro-pollutants, to purify waters, to lower the concentration of natural organic matter and to reduce the presence of metals to improve the quality of water delivered to consumers.

Selected students will work in partnership with municipalities and industry to solve actual problems affecting society today. These projects will be carried out by a pluridisciplinary team regrouping some 30 graduate students.

Note that all research positions for this project have been filled. If you are seeking a project, consult the repertoire to learn more about all the areas of expertise offered at Polytechnique Montréal, as well as the research projects offered to graduate students.

 

A more efficient approach to the capture of atmospheric water

Lead Professor: Jason Tavares

The capture of atmospheric water allows arid regions that do not receive regular rainfall or for which subterranean resources are inaccessible, to gain access to enough potable water to meet their needs. Typical methods for this type of capture rely on a single principle: forcing humid air to circulate over a mesh to condense water and then to let it drain using gravity. These methods are somewhat limited from a yield perspective, especially due to the rate of condensation and the time it takes to drain.

Professor Jason Tavares and his team are working on a new configuration for the capture of atmospheric water developed by a Montreal-based company that is centred on a nanostructured porous substrate. This project will lead to the deployment of new Canadian technology for the capture of atmospheric water and will revolutionize the supply of fresh water.


Note that all research positions for this project have been filled. If you are seeking a project, consult the repertoire to learn more about all the areas of expertise offered at Polytechnique Montréal, as well as the research projects offered to graduate students.

Treatment and validation of wastewater resources

Lead Professor: Yves Comeau

Wastewater contains numerous resources such as water, energy, nutrients, and biosolids. Wastewater treatment gradually integrates the recovery of these resources that may then be reused in other sectors. This is made possible by the transformation of purification plants into stations for the treatment and recovery of resources from wastewater (StaRRE).

In the spirit of sustainability, Professor Yves Comeau’s research projects focus on the development of new treatment processes and the validation of water resources with the aim of conforming to StaRRE norms and to find uses for the extracted resources, as well as the production of energy or fertilizer, or even soil amendment.

Professor Comeau is seeking future Master’s or doctoral students working toward the optimization and development of physical processes (settling, flotation separation, filtration, absorption), chemical processes (coagulation, thermal) and biological processes (activated sludge, aerated ponds, anaerobic digestion, granular aerobic sludge, anammox and phytotechnologies) for the recovery of macro and micro pollutants in wastewater.

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Water resource management in the treatment of stormwater

Lead Professor: Musandji Fuamba

Urban drainage systems are subject to various pressures caused by variations in the flow of heavy rainfall, among other factors. To manage water resources in an integrated and sustainable way, Professor Musandji Fuamba is using digital modelling tools to find solutions to reduce the risk of damage to water and sewer pipes due to the pressure of flow that can introduce contaminants to the distribution network of potable water, or that cause sewage treatment to back up.

Professor Fuamba is seeking future Master’s students to work on the analysis of transient flow generation conditions in stormwater systems (SWS), the modeling of conditions set to SWS limits and the analysis of the behaviour of the wavefront both under pressure and without pressure in a transient two-phase flow.

Note that all research positions for this project have been filled. If you are seeking a project, consult the repertoire to learn more about all the areas of expertise offered at Polytechnique Montréal, as well as the research projects offered to graduate students.

Optimization of processes in the treatment of wastewater using computational fluid dynamics

Lead Professor: Bruno Blais

Professor Bruno Blais conducts research on the processes of wastewater treatment based on his expertise in computational fluid dynamics. His work focuses on the development, verification and validation of digital models of fluid-solid, granular or multi-phase flows. These new tools can predict the behaviour of solids in various types of fluids and allow for the implementation or optimization of innovative technological processes in the treatment of water, particularly for activated sludge or those using sand.

Professor Blais favours a rigorous scientific approach for his students. His collaboration with the industrial sector allows his students to determine the needs of businesses. He is seeking Master’s students motivated by their knowledge of computational systems to advance industrial practices.

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Decision-making tools to better manage risk in the distribution of potable water

Lead Professor: Françoise Bichai

Professor Françoise Bichai, a specialist in the integrated management of urban water supply, is seeking to find the answer to the question How to help municipalities ensure the resilience of their water supply in the face of risks associated with climate change, natural disasters and industrial accidents? by developing tools that will help to make better decisions in the management of risk in the distribution of potable water.

Her approach is based on an analysis of risk in the potable water supply, from the source to the tap. She considers the two types of risk that weigh on distribution systems of potable water – gradual or sudden – and the public health risks in relation to water quality and the risks of shortage due to water levels. Solutions are based on the development of analytical models to quantify these risks according to various scenarios.

Projects led by Professor Bichai are focussed on sustainable and resilient strategies in the supply of water in urban areas. They require students in graduate studies who wish to acquire a global vision of water resource management and to participate in projects characterized by interdisciplinary and collaborative work.

Note that all research positions for this project have been filled. If you are seeking a project, consult the repertoire to learn more about all the areas of expertise offered at Polytechnique Montréal, as well as the research projects offered to graduate students.

Finding a research supervisor

You do not need to choose a research supervisor before you submit your application. However, it is preferable to undertake the process as soon as possible, because a professor (your future research supervisor) must endorse your application in order for you to be admitted. To learn how to seek out the support of a professor; please refer to the section Study Supervision in the Admission section. 

To reach a Recruitment Service Advisor

Prospective students advisors from the Recruitment Service are available to answer your questions. Don’t hesitate to contact them! Polytechnique no longer holds secrets for them!

Phone: 514-340-4928
Email: futur@polymtl.ca