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Civil Seminar

Date:
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time:
1:30 pm
Location:
Spencer Engineering Building (SEB)
Room: 1200
Cost:
Free

Water shortage in many countries is a major factor that will impede growth and sustainability, and will cause severe stress in the affected populace.   Globally, examples such as Cape Town, South Africa, Madras and Bangalore, India, where water supply to the city is under severe stress, are becoming more common. Even Western Canada and USA is anticipated to face severe water shortages due to climate change. Iqaluit may face a water shortage within five years due to the rapidly warming climate in the Arctic. On the other hand, about 205 x 106 m3 of untreated wastewater are discharged into Canada's rivers and oceans annually. Wastewater contains many resources such as organic matter, phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N), and energy that can be recovered to address three major global challenges - depleting natural resources, increasing environmental pollution, and energy and water sustainability. The resources entrenched in the approximately 330 km3/year of municipal wastewater that are globally generated is theoretically enough to irrigate and fertilize millions of hectares of crops and to produce biogas to supply energy for millions. In recent years, there has been a significant paradigm shift in the municipal wastewater sector, with a greater emphasis on resource recovery to the extent that the term “treatment plant” has been replaced by ‘water resource recovery facility’ (WRRF). Our research at Western University encompasses all the issues of effective management of water resources: source water protection, treatment, recycle and reuse, and recovery of resources.  A brief snapshot of relevant research conducted at WesternWater Centre will be presented. 

Madhumita B Ray is a Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at Western University, and the Director of WesternWater Centre. Her research areas include development of advanced air, water and wastewater treatment technologies based on adsorption, anaerobic digestion, membrane processes, advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), separation processes and environmental modelling. Her publications include 6 book chapters, 2 patents, 1 license, 210 papers published in journals and conference proceedings. She is a member of environmental division of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), organizing chair for environmental symposia for both CIC and Canadian Society for Chemical Engineers (CSChE), guest editor for special issues for Environments, International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, Environmental Engineering Science, and reviewer of major granting agencies.  She has been a visiting professor in China, Russia, Ghana, India, and the Netherlands.  She received Western Engineering Research Excellence award, and Hilal Distinguished Speaker award of IIChemE among others.

Host:
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Contact:
Kristen Edwards
civilgrad@uwo.ca
Event Type:


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