Drinking Water Research Group

The DWRG is a collaboration between Profs. Bob Andrews, Ron Hofmann, and Susan Andrews. We work with partners from industry and government on a wide range of projects related to municipal drinking water. The Group includes approximately 25 graduate students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, and Research Managers and Associates.

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Examples of Recent Research Areas:

  • Microplastics in drinking waters
  • Biologically active filtration
  • Ultrafiltration fouling minimization strategies
  • Inactivation of emerging pathogens
  • Synergy of multiple disinfectants
  • Disinfection of reuse waters
  • Advanced oxidation processes
  • Secondary disinfection, impacts of biofilm and corrosion
  • Control of disinfection by-products
  • Computation fluid dynamic modeling of dissolved air flotation
  • Use of fluorescence techniques to improve process control

Contact Us

Please contact any of the three professors of the DWRG if you are interested in learning more about any of our ongoing projects, or would like to discuss your potential participation.

Current Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunities

We are currently looking for nominees for the Provost's Post Doctoral Fellowship. The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers.

Interested candidates must apply through the Drinking Water Research Group (DWRG). Please send your detailed resume, PDF of transcripts from all institutions attended (as separate documents) and statement of research intent to Jennifer Lee, DWRG Administrative Research Manager at jenwy.lee@utoronto.ca. In the body of your email, please clearly state which underrepresented group you identify with, such as Indigenous First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous Minority of a country other than Canada and/or Black Ancestry. Applicants that do not identify as Indigenous and/or Black are not eligible as a nominee. For detailed information about the fellowship and application process see here.

Professors & Researchers

NameJob Title & DutiesContact Details
Andrews, RobertProfessor
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Source Water QualityMonitoring and Advanced/Emerging Technologies for Drinking Water Treatment
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Drinking Water Research Group
Office: GB 429
(416) 978-5399
Andrews, SusanProfessor
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Drinking Water Research Group
Office: GB 319D
(416) 946-0908
Hofmann, RonProfessor
NSERC Associate Industrial Research Chair in Technologies for Drinking Water Treatment
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Drinking Water Research Group
Office: GB 319C
(416) 946-7508

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