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British Columbia, Mar 23 (Canadian-Media): The selection of Engineering Professor Cigdem Eskicioglu as the Senior Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in advanced resource recovery from wastewater was announced by University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Metro Vancouver, media reports said.
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“I’m thrilled to step into this new role and further the potential of wastewater treatment and resource recovery technologies,” said Eskicioglu. “My research will help inform and improve Metro Vancouver’s treatment plant upgrades and provide valuable lessons to municipalities with similar challenges across Canada and around the world.”
The focus of the IRC role will be directed towards development of the next generation wastewater sludge treatment technologies that recover energy and resources from what is poured down the drain.
The IRC funding will facilitate laboratory testing and pilot programs to help evaluate emerging wastewater sludge conversion processes.
“Dr. Eskicioglu is an internationally-recognized researcher in the area of waste reduction and resource recovery,” said Phil Barker, vice principal and associate vice president of research and innovation at UBC Okanagan. “Her research is making wastewater treatment cheaper, safer, cleaner, and more sustainable and is likely to have a significant impact for cities across the globe.”
Besides developing treatment systems that produce cleaner wastewater byproducts and that repurpose those byproducts for sustainable uses, such as the production of bioenergy, Eskicioglu, leader of the Bioreactor Technology Group on UBC’s Okanagan campus which also develops technologies to minimize human-produced toxic chemicals such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and pesticides, to reduce risks use of treated wastewater sludge in agriculture and and will potentially create a strong ecosystem of innovation in wastewater treatment in Canada.