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William Anderson


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Phone: 519-888-4567 x35011
Location: E6 3018


Biography Summary

William A. Anderson is a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department and the former Director of Admissions for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

With his expertise in photochemical (UV) and biological air and water pollution control and biochemical engineering of fermentation and pharmaceutical processes, Professor Anderson maintains industry research collaborations in the areas of hospital air emissions control, clinical water testing, residential air UV disinfection and agricultural resource recovery.

His recent projects include automated UV disinfection in hospitals, rapid detection of microbial contamination of water, removal of ammonia and selenium from water, and antimicrobial materials for use in engineered infection control.

A major emphasis of Professor Anderson’s work in pollution control technology for air treatment is reactor engineering for photocatalysis and photolysis, using an ultraviolet light irradiated catalyst to degrade organic contaminants at ambient temperatures.

In addition to his research work, Professor Anderson has written over 100 journal articles, referred conference proceedings and technical reports. He also has a blog that is widely read by current and prospective Waterloo Engineering undergraduates.

William Anderson is a member of the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research.

Research Interests

  • Photocatalysis
  • Photoreaction Engineering
  • Antimicrobial Materials
  • Disinfection
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Green Reaction Engineering
  • Nanoparticle Synthesis
  • Advanced Oxidation Processes For Wastewater And Air Treatment
  • Photochemical Reactor Engineering
  • Biofiltration
  • Connectivity And Internet Of Things
  • Water
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Infection And Pathogen Control
  • IoT
  • Devices
  • Application Domains


  • 1991, Doctorate, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1986, Master's, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1981, Bachelor's, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • CHE 672 - Air Pollution Control
    • Taught in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • CHE 775 - Research Topics in Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control
    • Taught in 2014, 2015
  • CHE 480 - Process Analysis and Design
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • CHE 482 - Chemical Engineering Design Workshop
    • Taught in 2017
  • CHE 572 - Air Pollution Control
    • Taught in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Zhou, Qiong and Wen, John Z and Zhao, Pei and Anderson, William A, Synthesis of Vertically-Aligned Zinc Oxide Nanowires and Their Application as a Photocatalyst, Nanomaterials, 7(1), 2017
  • Tanvir, Fouzia and Yaqub, Atif and Tanvir, Shazia and Anderson, William A, Colorimetric enumeration of bacterial contamination in water based on β-galactosidase gold nanoshell activity, Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 99, 2017, 49 - 56
  • Bustami, Y and Moo-Young, M and Anderson, WA, Analysis of the heterogeneous structure of iron oxide/gold nanoparticles and their application in a nanosensor, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 245, 2017, 753 - 764
  • Schmidt, Thomas and Anderson, William A, Biotrickling Filtration of Air Contaminated with 1-Butanol, Environments, 4(3), 2017
  • F Tanvir, A Yaqub, S Tanvir, WA Anderson, Poly-L-arginine coated silver nanoprisms and their anti-bacterial properties, Nanomaterials, 7(10), 2017
  • W.A. Anderson, M. Mehrata, C. Moralejo, Halogenated Gas Control, A&WMA Ontario Managing Emissions - Reduction Strategies and Control, 11 2018, Guelph. (Accepted in 2018)