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

From left to right: Darin Graham, LG Toronto AI Lab, Summer Xia, Drone Delivery Canada, Stas Dogel, Hitachi High-Technologies Canada, and Jamey Adams, City of Barrie. (Photo: Paul Terefenko)

U of T Engineering recognizes four longstanding industry partners at fourth annual Partners’ Reception

More than 150 industry and community leaders, government partners and faculty members gathered Nov. 13, 2019 at the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the U of T Engineering Partners’ Reception.   Now in its fourth year, the event celebrated the Faculty’s longstanding ties with over 400 industry partners across its six multidisciplinary innovation clusters. In the past year alone, the Faculty launched new strategic partnerships… Read more »

These tiny plastic particles were extracted from Toronto’s harbour by U of T researchers Chelsea Rochman and Bob Andrews (photo by Tyler Irving)

Is there plastic in our drinking water? Probably – and U of T researchers are studying how concerned we should be

Is there plastic in your drinking water? The University of Toronto’s Bob Andrews and Chelsea Rochman say there is – but, unfortunately, they don’t have much more information to share. “If someone asks me how microplastics in drinking water influence human health, I have to say that we have no idea,” says Rochman, an assistant professor in the department… Read more »

Microplastics in drinking water: how much is too much?

Is there plastic in your drinking water? Professors Bob Andrews (CivMin) and Chelsea Rochman (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) say there is — but right now, researchers don’t know much more than that. “If someone asks me how microplastics in drinking water influence human health, I have to say that we have no idea,” says Rochman…. 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