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Benoît Barbeau

Benoît Barbeau

Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering
École Polytechnique de Montréal

Chair Title

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chairs Program


Associate Chairholder since 2005

Related Chair

Michèle Prévost


The Chair is based on a proven model of collaboration between the École Polytechnique de Montréal, representatives of the water industry, and, implicitly, the support of NSERC. The Chair seeks to consolidate and intensify research activities with regard to drinking water. Its mission is to produce scientifically recognized results that can be used by industry to improve the treatment and distribution of drinking water while minimizing the risks for human health. The Chair also aims to improve the positioning of the École Polytechnique team, its industry partners, and Canada as leaders in the field of drinking water. This intensification of research activities will answer the pressing need for knowledge and solutions to meet the emerging challenges with regard to drinking water and the new quality standards to be applied to it.

The Chair's research areas cover the most urgent issues facing drinking water treatment and distribution in Canada today: source protection, disinfection, treatment of trace compounds (endocrine disruptors, drugs, odour-causing compounds, algal toxins, etc.), and securing distribution systems against the intrusion of contaminants. The Chair's research approach will ensure the production of scientific knowledge that makes it possible to quantify the problem, to develop research tools that are indispensable for in-depth analysis of the phenomena involved, to devise innovative technology solutions, to validate them on a pilot scale, and, lastly, to transfer them successfully to industry. The development of robust, multi-objective treatment systems is therefore one important aspect of Professor Barbeau's research.


  • Montréal
  • John Meunier Inc.
  • Laval

Contact Information

Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering
École Polytechnique de Montréal
2500, chemin de Polytechnique
Montréal, Québec
H3T 1J4

Tel.: 514-340-4711, ext. 2988
Fax: 514-340-5918

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