Dr Caetano DOREA (Brazil)

Caetano’s research focuses on water, sanitation, and health, with applications varying from the characterisation of functional microbial ecology of biological treatment processes to the development and evaluation of water and sanitation technologies.

PhD in Environmental Engineering

Current position: Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, Canada

Research focus: water, sanitation and health

Before he relocated to the University of Victoria in 2017, he held academic positions at the Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada) and at the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, United Kingdom).

After the award, he established the Water, Sanitation & Health (WASH) research group at the Université Laval and later established his current research group, the Public Health & Environmental Engineering (PH2E) Lab, at the University of Victoria. His interests and expertise are at the crossroads of environmental and public health engineering including the development and evaluation of technologies, and approaches for safeguarding the health of the public and the environment. He has recently received a competitive NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement in recognition of the quality and potential of his WASH-focused research programme.

2013 Project Innovation Award-Development by the International Water Association
2009 Mondialogo Engineering Award from Daimler UNESCO

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2009):

University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Research focus: water and environmental engineering

Caetano Dorea is currently an Assistant Professor in Water and Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. The Brazilian researcher is also the Course Director for a new Master of Science program in Global Water Sustainability there. His research interests are in chemical and (micro)biological water and wastewater treatment processes with particular focus in developing world applications. More recently, his research has expanded to include sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) and novel applications for microbial fuel cells (MFCs) such as biosensors. MFCs are a potential source of environmentally-friendly energy because they can convert the chemical energy in wastewater (among other substrates) into electric energy through a natural reaction by bacteria.

The combination of wastewater treatment and energy generation is obviously beneficial, but advances are still needed to boost the low and variable power outputs of MFCs. Caetano Dorea’s remarkable dedication to numerous projects in developing countries surrounding the topic of drinking water supply and humanitarian emergency water supply were what convinced the jury. The researcher is interested in expanding strategic partnerships with German scientists. At the Green Talents Forum, he wants to deepen the research dialogue in his field with German partners.