William A. Anderson is a Professor in the Chemical Engineering department 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. During his time as Director of Admissions, Professor Anderson started a blog about engineering undergraduate admissions. The blog is widely read by current and prospective Waterloo Engineering undergraduate students.
William Anderson is a member of the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research.