Anh Pham PortraitDr. Pham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He obtained a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Hanoi University of Technology (Vietnam) in 2005 and M.S. and PhD degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (USA) in 2012. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Anh was an Assistant Professor at Carleton University (2015 - 2018), and a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University (2012 – 2014). He currently serves on the editorial board of Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. He also serves as an ad-hoc proposal reviewer for American Association for the Advancement of Science.
At the University of Waterloo, Dr. Pham leads the Environmental Aquatic Chemistry research group. The group applies aquatic chemistry and geochemistry principles, and employs analytical chemistry tools to investigate contaminant fate, transport, and treatment. Our current research focuses on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in groundwater, soil, surface water, wastewater, and biosolids. In addition, we are developing novel electrochemical technologies for the treatment of oil sands produced water, and advanced oxidation technologies for the destruction of recalcitrant contaminants. 

Current Research Themes:

  • Theme 1: Remediation of PFAS in Soil and Groundwater
  • Theme 2: Quantification of PFAS Fate in Wastewater Sludge Handling Systems
  • Theme 3: Development of Passive Samplers for PFAS
  • Theme 4: Quantification of Total Organic Fluorine (TOF) by Combustion Ion Chromatography (CIC).
  • Theme 5: Advanced Oxidation by Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Theme 6: Treatment of Thermal In-situ Oil Sands Produced Water by Electrocoagulation