Robert Andrews

Background

Education and Designations

B.A.Sc. (Regina)
M.A.Sc. (Alberta)
Ph.D. (Alberta)
P.Eng.

Research Interests

Optimization of drinking water treatment processes

Disinfection to control pathogenic organisms and disinfection by-products

Water quality in distribution systems

Research

The Drinking Water Research Group (DWRG), formed in 1998, is a consortium of researchers from three North American universities: University of Toronto , Dalhousie University , and Indiana University Kokomo. Our group approach to research recognizes the benefits derived from regular collaboration of team members on joint projects. Unique resources and expertise are located at the three universities, allowing a broader range of water treatment issues to be examined than would normally be available at a single facility.

The DWRG personnel at the University of Toronto are:

The DWRG offices at the University of Toronto are located in the Galbraith Building , 35 St. George Street , Toronto , Ontario , Canada .

The DWRG typically undertakes collaborative projects within the following themes:

Treatment:

  • Disinfection and process optimization
  • Advanced treatment processes (UV, advanced oxidation, membrane filtration)
  • Inactivation of emerging pathogens

Distribution:

  • Control of disinfection by-products (DBPs)
  • Secondary disinfection, impacts on biofilm and corrosion

Innovation to Meet Future Water Needs:

  • Synergy of multiple disinfectants
  • Disinfection of reuse waters

Compliance:

  • Online monitoring, computer control, and information technology applications

Further information is available on the Drinking Water Research Group site.

Teaching

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News Mentions

Nine Engineering professors and alumni inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Nine Engineering professors and alumni inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering Nine members of the U of T Engineering community have been inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). Professors Robert Andrews (CivE), Sanjeev Chandra (MIE), Tom Chau (IBBME), Heather MacLean (CivE) and Wei Yu (ECE), along with alumni Perry Adebar… Read more »

Aki Kogo (MASc Candidate) looks over the lead (Pb) pipe experimental setup in the Environmental Lab. (Credit: Keenan Dixon)

Leading the way on lead research

Researchers aim to prevent a Flint-like crisis from happening in Canada An interview with Prof. Robert Andrews, Sarah Jane Payne (Post-Doc) and Aki Kogo (MASc Candidate). In 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan, switched its water source from Lake Michigan to the Flint River. Inadequate treatment and reporting caused lead (Pb) contaminated drinking water to… Read more »

Profile: The Institute for Water Innovation

Water plays a critical role in our lives. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) “the total usable freshwater supply for ecosystems and humans is 200,000 km3 of water, which accounts for only 0.01 per cent of all water on earth.” By 2050 global water demand is projected to increase by 50 per cent… Read more »

Contact

Robert Andrews
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

 

Tel: 416-978-5399

andrews@ecf.utoronto.ca