Yang Liu

Canada Research Chair in Future Water Services

Tier 1 - 2017-10-01
Renewed: 2022-10-01
University of Alberta
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council


Research involves

Improving biogas and nutrient recovery from blackwater and enhancing greywater treatment options in Canadian climate conditions.

Research relevance

This research will lead to more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable solutions for Canada’s water infrastructure.

Research summary

Wastewater is a valuable resource from which energy and nutrients can be extracted. But to make use of it, treatment systems must focus on sustainable resource recovery. As Canada Research Chair in Future Water Services, Dr. Yang Liu’s aim is to develop innovative wastewater bioreactor design and operation strategies that are based on resource recovery.

By linking engineering design and operation to the development of enhanced microbial activities, she and her research team hope to improve sustainable wastewater management and environmental health protection. Their work is expected to significantly enhance the recovery of energy and nutrients and the ability to reuse water from source-diverted black water and grey water as well as from conventionally collected wastewater. Ultimately, their research will support Canadian communities of all sizes by guiding future urban wastewater management practices.