Clean Technology & Environmental Systems

Clean Technology & Environmental Systems encompasses clean fuels, smart grid power systems, energy utilization, alternative energy systems, energy conservation and environmental system monitoring and modelling.

Research Themes

Flow dynamics and turbulence to improve performance and efficiency, drag reduction in turbulent flow, advanced nanofabrication, renewable energy storage

Develop new devices to measure pathogens in water; study the microbial ecology in engineered systems such as wastewater treatment plants; develop methods to prevent the microbial contribution to acid rock drainage and new techniques to measure pathogens such as Cryptosporidium in natural water samples.

Design, simulation and process performance evaluation of bioreactor technologies for macro-and micro-pollutant removal in municipal wastewater and biosolids. Design anaerobic digestion processes with thermal, mechanical, and ultrasound pretreatments for enhanced biogas generation, reactor volume reduction and resource recovery, and anammox side-stream process for nutrient removal.

Design, analysis, operation, management, and rehabilitation of water distribution systems from hydraulic and water quality points of views. Use combined physicochemical and biological processes to remove drinking water contaminants such as nitrate and perchlorate from municipal water supplies.

Develop and integrate sensors into gas and water systems.  Semiconductor coupled with selective microfluidic diffusion channels.  Multifunctional polymeric nanocomposites with electrical, gas sensing, thermal, mechanical, optical and thermoelectric properties.

Develop technologies to identify and mitigate geohazards affecting urban development, transportation corridors, mines, dams, and pipelines. Stability assessment and stabilization of surface and underground excavations in rocks. Characterization of problematic soils/tailings, engineered barriers for radioactive waste containment systems.

Develop novel and pragmatic approaches for sustainability and environmental performance assessment. Conduct both micro and macro level life cycle assessments for engineering products and services.

Assess sustainable solid waste treatment technologies including conventional and advanced anaerobic digestion, composting, recycling, landfilling, waste-to-energy, sustainable waste management practices and policies, and innovative waste to product technologies.

Develop technical bases for incorporating the triple-bottom-line sustainability principles, i.e. environmental protection, economic prosperity, and social well-being, to achieve sustainable urban development using interdisciplinary knowledge of the re-design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the built environment and its main resource streams.

Faculty Researchers

Morad Abdelaziz – Assistant Professor
Smart grids, renewable energy, distributed generation, HPC applications for power systems and the integration of an electrified transport systems within electrical grids.


Joshua Brinkerhoff – Assistant Professor
Understanding flow dynamics and turbulence to improve performance and efficiency in aerospace, nuclear, and gas industries.


Kerry Black – Assistant Professor
Sustainable infrastructure solutions for healthy and resilient communities through cross-disciplinary research, involving civil and environmental engineering principles.


Wilson Eberle – Associate Professor
Enabling technology for advanced energy applications through power electronics. Developing power conversion and smart-grid technologies for advanced industrial energy applications.


Cigdem Eskicioglu – Professor
Development of waste reduction and resource recovery methods through advanced bioprocesses and micropollutant removal.


Mahmudur Fatmi – Assistant Professor
Transportation engineering & planning including travel behaviour analysis, land use interaction, activity-based modelling, econometric methods & agent-based microsimulation.


Kevin Golovin – Assistant Professor
Drag reduction in turbulent flow, sustainable material solutions, water purification, and interfacial coatings enabling green and sustainable development.


Kasun Hewage – Professor
Life cycle thinking in built environment including water-energy-carbon nexus, energy efficient buildings, construction waste management, and life cycle assessment and costing in engineering products and processes.


Mina Hoorfar – Professor
Developing and integrating sensors into gas and water systems. Using a sensitive metal oxide semiconductor coupled with selective microfluidic diffusion channel, the sensors can sample, filter and analyze.


Sina Kheirkhah – Assistant Professor
Through design improvements, technology, tools and knowledge helping large-scale power generation industries mitigate combustion instabilities. Building next generation combustion engines.


Jian Liu – Assistant Professor
Advanced nanofabrication, atomic/molecular layer deposition, renewable energy storage and conversion, Li-ion and next-generation batteries (Li-S, Na-ion, all-solid-state) for transportation and stationary applications.


Gordon Lovegrove – Associate Professor
Inter-disciplinary policy, infrastructure and vehicle research to sustain global community quality of life, including new tools for active transport, safety planning, Hydrail retrofits, and SMARTer growth development patterns.


Sepideh Pakpour – Assistant Professor
Foundations of healthy buildings: ventilation, indoor air quality (IAQ), dust & pests, moisture; indirectly related to thermal health, safety & Security, water quality, noise, lighting and views.


Deborah Roberts – Professor
Anaerobic biological treatment of industrial wastewater, microbial fuel cells for conversion of waste to energy agricultural systems, and sulphur oxidizing microbes and their effects on the environment.


Rehan Sadiq – Professor
Drinking water quality modelling, environmental risk assessment, lifecycle thinking and decision-making.


Alexander Uhl – Assistant Professor
Developing printed photovoltaics, tandem devices and photoelectrochemical devices (PECs) for solar cells.


Liwei Wang – Assistant Professor
Power system analysis, electrical machine and drives, power electronic converter design, control and topology, utility power electronics applications, HVDC and FACTS, renewable energy sources, and distributed generation.