Our Team

Our research group endeavors to address the complex challenges facing wastewater treatment systems in Canada and around the world and to ultimately help reduce the release of harmful substances to our natural waters. The group consists of undergraduate to doctorate students and research fellows. We welcome and celebrate diversity in the team. One of the key goals of our group is to promote sharing, not only of lab material but also of knowledge and achievements.



Robert Delatolla


Professor Robert Delatolla is a Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa. He leads a research group of passionate Environmental Engineering students and researchers that take on the difficult challenges that face our current practices of wastewater treatment, stormwater management and potable water production.

Research Approach

Our group’s research philosophy is to use modern microscopic and molecular analytical tools to study innovative biological treatment systems at the macro, meso, micro and molecular-scales. We apply the gained in-depth knowledge to the design and operation of suspended growth and biofilm technologies to meet the critical challenges facing wastewater treatment systems in Canada and around the world.



Civil Engineering Department
Colonel By Hall
161 Louis-Pasteur, Room A108
University of Ottawa
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
(613) 562-5800 ext.2677

Our research group is proud to embrace equity, diversity and inclusion.


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