Areas of Academic Interest
Advanced oxidation technologies for water and wastewater treatment: process development and design of individual and combined processes, kinetics, modeling, and simulation
Photochemical reaction engineering in environmental processes: simulation, modeling, kinetics, mass transfer, and photoreactor design
Integration of advanced oxidation technologies and biological processes for the treatment of water and wastewater: process design, modeling, simulation, and optimization
Effect of climate change on water quality and quantity
Mehrab Mehrvar’s entire life has been shaped by water. “Growing up, our town did not have a sewage system,” he says. “We had to boil all our water so we wouldn't get sick.”
It was this early reality check that turned Mehrvar into the passionate environmentalist and lecturer he is today. “My students respond to my enthusiasm. It keeps them motivated to learn and try to solve the problem we’re faced with.”
That problem is climate change. With rising sea levels causing unprecedented flooding, how do we protect aquifers—the source of drinking water for much of the world—from over-salinization? To address this issue, Mehrvar and several of his grad students are building mathematical models based on data they’ve collected in Cartagena, Colombia, a city struggling with this very issue. The models, Mehrvar hopes, will convince the municipality to take action to prevent further flooding and consider improvements to water treatment technology.
It’s a challenging task, but Mehrvar is striving ahead. “It’s my duty,” he says. “A true engineer has a responsibility to help improve the world.”
“A true engineer has a responsibility to help improve the world.”
- Faculty Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award, Toronto Metropolitan University, 2021
- YSGS (Yates School of Graduate Studies, Toronto Metropolitan University) Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award – Interdisciplinary, 2020
- Sarwan Sahota Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award 2019
- Faculty Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award, Toronto Metropolitan University, 2018
- YSGS (Yates School of Graduate Studies, Toronto Metropolitan University) Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award – Interdisciplinary, 2017
- Faculty Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award, Toronto Metropolitan University, 2013
- Y.P. Lin, R. Dhib, M. Mehrvar, Nonlinear system identification for aqueous PVA degradation in a continuous UV/H2O2 tubular photoreactor, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (I&EC), 60 (3), 1302-1315, 2021.
- M.B. Johnson, M. Mehrvar, Characterizing winery wastewater composition to optimize treatment and reuse, Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 26 (4), 410–416, 2020.
- M.B. Johnson, M. Mehrvar, An Assessment of the grey water footprint of winery wastewater in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada, Journal of Cleaner Production, 214, 623-632, 2019.
- C.F. Bustillo-Lecompte, M. Mehrvar, Treatment of actual slaughterhouse wastewater by combined anaerobic–aerobic processes for biogas generation and removal of organics and nutrients: an optimization study towards a cleaner production in the meat processing industry, Journal of Cleaner Production, 141, 278–289, 2017.
- M. Nasirian, M. Mehrvar, Modification of TiO2 to enhance photocatalytic degradation of organics in aqueous solutions, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4 (4), 4072–4082, 2016.
- M.B. Johnson, M. Mehrvar, Method and system for pre-treating high strength wastewater, United States Provisional Patent Application No. 63/170,009, April 2, 2021.
- Conference Chair, 3rd International Conference on Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE’19), June 10-12, 2019, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
- Conference Chair, 2nd International Conference on Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE’18), June 17-19, 2018, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Chair, International Conference on Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE’17), August 23-25, 2017, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Senior Life Member of AIChE
- Member, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)