Environmental Engineering

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Pollution Control and Waste Management

The research interests of the faculty members cover most aspects of liquid and solid waste production, treatment and disposal. Ongoing research is conducted at laboratory scale, pilot scale and full scale. Currently, research is being carried out on topics such as agricultural waste management, membrane filtration, leaching from sanitary landfills and leachate treatment, the removal and recovery of trace contaminants and nutrients from wastewaters, sludge and solid waste/toxic waste management, forest products waste management, pulp and paper mill pollution prevention, water treatment technology and disinfection by product control. For more information on Pollution Control and Water Waste Management studies, please contact Professor Jim Atwater.

Geo-Environmental Engineering

Geo-environmental Engineering is an evolving field of study, dealing with contamination of soil as a result of human development. It involves knowledge from such diverse fields as geotechnical, environmental and chemical engineering, geology, hydrogeology, chemistry, microbiology and soil sciences. Geo-environmental Engineering/ Environmental Engineering research at UBC covers a broad range of problems, from fundamental studies and project-based applications to commercial exploitation and development. Research expertise of members of the group covers a wide spectrum and includes, for example, contaminated land and landfill engineering, soil remediation, applied clay mineralogy and geochemistry, reactive pollution migration in soils, attenuation characteristics of natural soil materials and their uses as landfill liners, and reactive/barrier walls. Some of the current research topics include volatile organic compound migration in sub-surface soil and intrusion into buildings, development of remediation technologies, liner studies, contaminant transport, and specific site studies. For more information on Geo-Environmental studies, please contact Dr. Loretta Li.