Environmental Engineering

Earth on green backgroundEnvironmental engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to protect the environment and remediate contaminated sites.

Chemical and environmental engineers develop and design processes to provide healthy air, water, and soil. They also develop green products and sustainable processes.

Using their background in process engineering, environmental chemistry, earth sciences and biology, engineers must meet the current and future challenges in protecting, managing, and restoring the environment.


Environmental engineering related research:

  • Study of water & wastewater treatment processes
  • Monitoring and transformation of organic contaminants in the environment and engineered systems
  • Development of methods to track contaminants and assess water quality.
  • Transport and fate of waterborne contaminants
  • Environmental nanotechnology for remediation of contaminated soils and waters
  • Green chemistry for safer products and processes
  • Development of biosensors for pollutant detection
  • Bioinspired functional materials as sustainable plastic replacements
  • Addressing plastic pollution and other emerging contaminants
  • Development of electrochemistry-based technologies for water and wastewater treatment and surfaces cleaning


McGill Chemical Engineering researchers working in this field:

Noémie Dorval CourchesneBiologically-Derived Materials & Devices Laboratory

Christopher MoraesCellular Microenvironment Design Lab

Sasha OmanovicElectrochemistry / Corrosion Laboratory

Nathalie TufenkjiBiocolloids and Surfaces Laboratory

Viviane YargeauControlling Contaminants of Concern Laboratory

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