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Viviane Yargeau - McGill University. Montreal, QC, CA

Viviane Yargeau Viviane Yargeau

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering | McGill University

Montreal, QC, CANADA

Yargeau's research focuses on the protection of water resources, wastewater treatment and monitoring of wastewater quality and contaminants.



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Viviane Yargeau serves as Professor at McGill University. Yargeau also serves as the Chief Technology Officer and Director at Earth Alive Clean Technologies inc. She is a chemical engineer, she serves on various committees including the international management committees of the Advanced Oxidation Processes specialist group of the International Water Association (IWA) and on several journal editorial boards. Her expertise is in chemical and environmental engineering. She is a leader in the control and assessment of environmental pollutants and her research focuses on both fundamental and technological aspects leading to improvement of technologies to mitigate the release of pollutants in the environment. Dr. Yargeau has established strong research collaborations in Canada and internationally as well as industrial collaboration. Her multidisciplinary research program also includes working closely with toxicologists in order to assess the impact of pollutants and their transformation products on the environment and public health.

Industry Expertise (4)



Renewables and Environmental


Areas of Expertise (8)

Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Bioassay Tools

Wastewater Treatment

Environmental Engineering


Chemical Pollutants

Chemical Engineering


Accomplishments (2)

Award, Gerald W. Farnell Teaching Scholar (professional)


Award to recognize teaching excellence and novel initiatives, $13,500

Distinction, Ministère de l'éducation, des loisirs et du sport, Quebec (professional)


Five year of funding to acknowledge quality of teaching, $105,000

Education (3)

Université de Sherbrooke: PhD, Chemical Engineering 2002

Université de Sherbrooke: Master's, Chemical Engineering 1997

Université de Sherbrooke: Bachelor's, Chemical Engineering 1995

Affiliations (1)

  • Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec

Languages (2)

  • French
  • English

Media Appearances (3)

Illicit Drugs in Wastewater

Télé-Québec  tv


6-minute documentary on our research on sewage epidemiology

Pharmaceuticals in the environment

Télé-Québec  tv


6-minute documentary on our research on the presence of pharmaceuticals water

Drogues illégales dans les eaux usées

Radio Web UQAM  radio


Interviewed by Carine Monat-Reliat of L'oeuf ou la poule?

Event Appearances (1)

#FlushGate 100 days later

Canadian Water Network public event  Montreal


Patents (2)

Dust suppressant




New soil activator containing ammonium lignosulfonate and uses thereof




Research Grants (6)

Evidencing that improvements to wastewater treatment and use of fate models protect sources of drinking water

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) $175,000


Principal Applicant, Operating grant

Development of a novel ozonation system at pilot scale for wastewater disinfection and removal of contaminants of emerging concern

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) $624,700


Principal Investigator, Operating grant

Conventional and advanced wastewater treatment: Providing secure sources of drinking water by removing contaminants of emerging concern

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) $606,133


Principal Investigator, Operating grant

Application of Bioanalytical Tools for the Rapid Assessment of Residual Biological Activity of Wastewater Using in vitro Cell Based Assays

Ontario Ministry of the Environment $30,000


Principal Applicant, Contract

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Towards Responsible Replacements

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) $2000000


Co-applicant, Operating grant Principal Investigator - Barbara Hales McGill University

Wastewater in Small, Rural Communities: Integrated Sewage Lagoon and Ozone Treatment

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) $478800


Co-Investigator, Operating grant Principal investigator - Chris Metcalfe Trent University Partner - Aclarus Ozone Water Systems

Articles (5)

Linking drugs of abuse in wastewater to contamination of surface and drinking water

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


The study demonstrate the importance of improving wastewater treatment in order to protect our drinking water sources.

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Development of a facile and high-throughput bioluminescence assay using Vibrio fischeri to determine the chronic toxicity of contaminated samples

Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology


This study emphasizes the need for additional chronic toxicity testing to further evaluate the toxicity of compounds or unknown samples.

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Comparative measurement and quantitative risk assessment of alcohol consumption through wastewater-based epidemiology: An international study in 20 cities

Science of the Total Environment


This study shows that wastewater-bred epidemiology can provide timely and complementary information on alcohol use and alcohol associated risks in terms of exposure at the community level.

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Analysis of drugs of abuse in wastewater from two Canadian cities

Science of The Total Environment


Highlights •One of only a few reports on community use of opioid drugs; first for North America. • Evidence of high oxycodone use and consumption of ketamine is found in selected communities. • Sampling rates for passive samplers are determined for the first time for 7 drugs. • POCIS is useful for monitoring in treated WW, but has limited applicability in untreated WW.

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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Chemical Processes in Metropolitan Sustainability: Understanding and Improving the Urban



Book Chapter

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