Research Areas

Horiba XploRA PLUS RAMAN Microscope

At the DWRG we conduct a lot of micoplastic research. We are able to complete detailed analyses of waters containing microplastics with our Horiba XplorRA PLUS Raman microscope in our lab.

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Water containing potential harmful algal blooms. Professor Hofmann leads research that investigates the impacts of cyanotoxins and cyanobacteria on water quality.

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Magnified photo of daphnia which can be used to monitor fluctuations in water quality, especially in relation to aquatic toxicity testing.

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Zebra and quagga mussels in student-made bioboxes used for research on these invasive species, and how they affect water treatment plants.

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An ozone generator at one of our partner water treatment facilities. We study advanced oxidation techniques to better improve water quality.

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Water collection at our partner sites and transport back to our UofT labs is a regular part of graduate studies. We work with many water treatment plants all across southern Ontario and beyond.

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Members of the drinking water research group conducting UV-AOP studies at one of our partner sites.

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We are involved in a wide range of projects with our research partners. Some of these projects are seasonal, while others span multiple years. A few examples of the recent topics include:

  • 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 on biofilm and corrosion
  • Control of disinfection by-products
  • Computational fluid dynamic modeling of dissolved air flotation
  • Use of fluorescence techniques to improve process control

 

Recent publications from our research group can be found on Google Scholar or Research Gate as follows:

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