• Dr. Mehrab Mehrvar
  • Dr. Mehrab Mehrvar
  • Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Title: Slaughterhouse wastewater characterization and treatment: an economic and public health necessity of the meat processing industry in Ontario, Canada
  • Abstract:

    The characteristics of the slaughterhouse effluents and current wastewater treatment practices in the province of Ontario, Canada are analyzed. Meat processing plants are found to produce large amounts of wastewater due to the slaughtering process and cleaning of their facilities. Furthermore, the composition of the wastewater varies according to the type and number of animals slaughtered and the water requirements of the process. However, the slaughterhouse wastewater usually contains high levels of organics and nutrients. Several slaughterhouses in Ontario discharge their wastewater into the municipal sewer system after primary pretreatment at the meat processing plant. Therefore, due to the high-strength characteristics of the slaughterhouse effluents, an extensive treatment for a safe discharge into the environment is required. Thus, the combination of biological processes and advanced oxidation technologies for slaughterhouse wastewater treatment are evaluated in this study. Results show that the application of combined biological and advanced oxidation processes is recommended for on-site slaughterhouse wastewater treatment.

  • Biography:
    Dr. Mehrvar joined Ryerson University in 1998 and he is now a Full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1998 and worked as a post-doctoral research associate for six months at the University of Waterloo. He obtained his BSc in Chemical Engineering from Sistan and Baluchistan University, Iran, in 1988 and his MSc also in Chemical Engineering from Shiraz University, Iran, in 1991. Dr. Mehrvar has gained considerable industrial experience in both marine and pharmaceutical industries as a research engineer.
    Dr. Mehrvar has a strong commitment to education. He has taught several undergraduate courses including mass transfer, fluid mechanics, chemical engineering principles, chemical reaction engineering, biochemical engineering, food process engineering, engineering statistical design, unit operations, and general chemistry. He has also taught several graduate courses including advanced transport phenomena, advanced water treatment technologies, biological processes, water pollution control processes, and wastewater engineering.
    Dr. Mehrvar also has a strong commitment to research. His main research interests include the integration of advanced oxidation technologies and biological processes for the treatment of water and wastewater, photochemical reaction engineering, and improvement of feeding strategies for the production of high cell mass in fed-batch fermentation. In addition, he has done an industrial research project on the modeling of gas bubbling in a liquid steel flow channel in collaboration with Advent Process Engineering Inc., Burlington, Ontario. As both PI and Co-PI, Dr. Mehrvar has been successful in obtaining more than $1 million in funds and grants from funding agencies. This amount includes an NSERC Strategic Grant in protecting Canada's drinking water for developing a real-time early-warning biomonitoring technology joint with five other faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biology and the School of Occupational and Public Health. He has authored and co-authored more than 80 refereed journal papers, 3 book chapters, 19 conference proceedings, and more than 125 presentations/abstracts. He has conducted more than 20 international invited seminars and workshops. He has also supervised/co-supervised more than 30 graduate students in both master’s and doctoral levels, more than 20 research assistants, exchange students, and visiting scholars, and many undergraduate fourth year’s theses.
    Dr. Mehrvar's administrative experience is extensive and includes participation at the department, faculty, and university levels. He has been the interim chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering during 2009-2011. He has served in many committees such as curriculum, departmental appointment committee (DAC), and the chair of departmental council for several years. In faculty level, he has served in several promotion, merit, and teaching standard committees. At the university level, he has served as the departmental representative in the RFA Rep’s council during 1999-2011. He has also been active in professional society as a member of organizing committee for several international conferences, invited lecturer, international research collaborator, and senior life member of AIChE. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Modern Chemical Engineering. Dr. Mehrvar was also part of the Program Review Team for Chemistry Program at Ryerson University in 2014. Dr. Mehrvar is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Important Dates
April 13-15, 2016
Paper or Abstract Submission Due:
December 8, 2015  >> February 25, 2016
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