Dr. Nihar Biswas

519-253-3000 ext. 2693
Office: 3074 CEI

Research Interests
- Water quality, drinking water disinfection
- Land treatment of wastewater
- Hazardous waste treatment
- Water and wastewater in developing countries


  • BE (Calcutta), MASc, PhD (Ottawa)

Research Interests

  • Drinking water disinfection
  • Land treatment of wastewater
  •  Hazardous waste treatment
  • Water quality
  • Water and wastewater in developing countries

Co-Editor:  Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering:  http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/journal/cjce

Selected Publications: Refereed Journal Publications (Abridged list)

  • Upadhyaya, J., Tam, E., Biswas, N., (2014), ”A Review of Infrastructure Challenges: Assessing Stormwater System Sustainability", accepted by Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering ( March 30, 2014) [Research Grant].
  • Feng, W.,  K.E. Taylor, N. Biswas, J.K. Bewtra (2014). Phenolic precipitates from soybean peroxidase-catalyzed wastewater treatment: concentrated waste serves to concentrate its progenitor; submitted to Enzyme and Microbial Technology (April 30, 2014) [NSERC].
  • Steevensz, A., Madur, S., Feng, W., Taylor, K.E., Bewtra, J.K., Biswas, N. (2014), “Crude soybean hull peroxidase treatment of phenol in synthetic and real wastewater: enzyme economy enhanced by Triton X-100. Enzyme and Microbial Technology 85, 65 – 71, accepted 7 Dec., 2013 (doi: 10.1016/j.enzmictec.2013.12.005).
  • Steevensz, A, Feng, W, Cordova Villegas, L., Taylor, K.E., Bewtra, J., Biswas, N.,(2014)  “Soybean Peroxide for Industrial Wastewater: a Mini Review”,  Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, Vol 9, pp 181-186 [NSERC].
  • Uslu, M., Seth, R., Jasim, S., Tabe, S., Biswas, N.,  (2014) “Reaction Kinetics of Ozone with Selected Pharmaceuticals and their Removal Potential from a Secondary Treated Municipal Wastewater Effluent in the Great Lakes Basin” accepted by Ozone Science and Engineering (April 29, 2014) [IJC].
  • Das, K., Lashkari, R., Biswas, N., (2013), “Disaster Assessment and a Humanitarian Logistics Based Mitigation Planning Framework”, (in Press), J. of Ind. Eng. & Management System [Research Grant].
  • Uslu,M, Arvi, A., Jasim, S., Bewtra, J., Biswas, N., (2013), “A survey of occurrences and risk assessment of pharmaceuticals in the Great Lakes”, J. of Ozone Sc. & Eng. 35, pp. 249-262. [IJC].
  • Ray, R, Henshaw, P.F., Biswas, N., (2012), “Effects of Reduced Aeration in Biological Aerated Filter,” Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Vol. 39, pp. 432-438 [City of Windsor].

Book Chapters

  • Mousa Al-Ansari, M., Saha, B., Mazloum, S., Taylor, K.E., Bewtra, J.K., Biswas, N., “Soybean Peroxidase Applications in Wastewater Treatment,” Chapter in Soybeans: Cultivation, Uses and Nutrition, Edited by Maxwell, J.E., Nova Science Pub., NY, USA, 2010, Chapter 5, 33 pages.
  • Bewtra, J.K. and Biswas, N., “Biological Treatment of Wastewater,” J. Pfafflin and Edward Zeigler (editors) in Encyclopedia of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Vol. 1, CRC Press Taylor & Francis, 2006, pp. 137-159.

Conference Presentations (Abridged list)

  • Das, K., Lashkari, R., Biswas, N., 2012, “Disaster Assessment and a Humanitarian Logistics Based by Soybean Peroxidase-catalyzed Oxidative Polymerization Following Limited Fenton Reaction,” 83rd Annual WEFTEC Exhibition and Conference, New Orleans, LS, October 2-6.
  • Ray, R., Henshaw, P.F., Biswas, N., (2011), “Regression Analysis to find the effects of reduced aeration in Biological Aerated Filter,” Presented at the 46th CAWQ Central Canadian Symposium for Water Quality Research.
  • Uslu, M.O., Jasim, S., Biswas, N. (2011), “Pharmaceutical Substances in the Great Lakes Region: A Review,” Presented at the 61st Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, October 23-26, London, ON, Canada.
  • Saha, B., Biswas, N., Taylor, K.E., and Bewtra, J.K., (2010), ”Removal of benzene from wastewater by soybean peroxidase-catalyzed oxidative polymerization following limited Fenton reaction,”  83rd Annual WEFTEC Exhibition and Conference, New Orleans, LS, October 2-6.
  • Saha, B., Biswas, N.,  Bewtra, J.K., Taylor, K.E., (2010).  “Removal of Phenol and benzenediols from water via Laccase-catalyzed oxidative Polymerization,” 11th International Environmental Specialty Conference, 2010 Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE) Annual General Meeting and Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, June 9-12.
  • Sharma, M., Biswas, N. (2009), “Hydrogen production from anaerobic fermentation of glucose in linoleic acid (LA) incubated mixed cultures,” Presented at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, Honolulu, Hawaii, November, 11-14.
  • Li J., Drca P., Manzon, C., Horneck, H., McCorquodale, J.A., Biswas, N., (2009), “Development of Retention Treatment Basin with Polymer Flocculation for CSO Treatment,” 82nd Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA, October 10-14.
  • Sharma, M., Lalman, J., Biswas, N., (2007), “The Effect of Long Chain Fatty Acids (LCFA) on Sulfate Removal in an Acclimated Mixed Anaerobic Culture,” Presented at the 80th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Conference, San Diego, California, USA, October 13-17.
  • Gowda, C., Seth, R., Biswas, N., (2007), “Beneficial Reuse of Precast Concrete Industry Sludge to Produce Alkaline Stabilized Biosolids,” Presented at the IWA Specialty Conference – Biosolids and Sustainability, Moncton, NB., Canada, June 24-27. 

Professional Recognition, Contributions, Editorships, etc.:

  • Fellow of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, 2009.
  • Awarded Albert E. Berry Medal, for outstanding contrib. to Env. Eng. in Canada, 2011.
  • Invited speaker by the Chinese Academy of Env. Planning, Min. of Env. Protection, China, 2011.
  • Invited speaker at the Canada-Mexico Workshop: Innovation in Water Sustainability Technologies, Chihuahua, Mexico, March 29-30, 2010.
  • Invited Speaker – Bengal Engineering and Science University, India, 2009.
  • Member of the Green Advisory Panel, MTCU, ON, as COU representative, 2010.
  • Board member of the Automotive Research and Development Centre, Chrysler Canada, 2009.
  • “Engineer of the Year” 2005, PEO Chapter of Windsor-Essex Region (in recognition of Technology Transfer and collaborative R & D projects with industries, municipalities, etc.).
  • Member of the Task Force, WHO/PAHO in Curriculum Dev. in Environmental Health.
  • Member of the CFI, Canada, Water/Waste water expert committee (#155).
  • Member of the College of Reviewers for CRC, NSERC, Canada.
  • Member of NSERC Grant Selection Committee 06: Civil Engineering (1995–1998).
  • Member for several CEAB site visit teams as Vice Chair and Program Reviewer.
  • Member of Advisory Panel on Water Quality for S. America, WHO/PAHO, Washington, D.C.
  • Assoc. Editor, Practice Period. of Haz., Tox., and Rad. Waste Mgmt, ASCE (2002–2009).
  • Assoc. Editor, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (2003–present).
  • Member, Editorial Board, Water Pollution Research Journal of Canada (1997-2008).
  • Member of Advisory Panel on Water Quality for S. America, WHO/PAHO, Washington, D.C.
  • Invited ‘technical expert’ on Industrial Wastewater Treatment, CSIR, India, (2004).
  • Reviewer of Grant Proposals for the Hong Kong Research Council (1995-Present).
  • Reviewer of Grant Proposal for the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
  • University Professorship-Research and Teaching Excellence, U. of Windsor.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award – U. of Windsor Alumni Assoc. and Faculty of Engineering.

Technology Transfer and Industry/NSERC Sponsored R & D Activities (10 Years):

Extensive research has been carried out to develop enzymatic treatment of waste water containing aromatic compounds with supports from NSERC/URIF/ICST(ESTAC). A pilot plant for a continuous enzymatic treatment system to treat waste water from Mexican refineries at the Instituto Mexicano de Tecnologia del Agua and the Centro de Investigacion en Materilas Avanzados (members of CONACYT, Mexico) will start in May, 2011. Broad based application of this method in “near” reality for BTEX and substituted phenols and anilines since enzyme SBP is relatively cheap to produce and is very efficient for most of these substrates. 

Windsor Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) treatability study with Chemical Coagulation was sponsored by Env. Canada, MOE & the City of Windsor. Through the pilot plant study, design guidelines for a High Rate Retention Treatment Basin (RTB) for CSO treatment has been developed. The City of Windsor is constructing the RTB ($60 Million), and similar basins will be constructed in other cities based on the developed design methodology.

Collaborative research and technology transfer helped in optimizing the pre- and post-ozonation processes, and the physical/chemical treatment at the Windsor Water Treatment Plant (NSERC).

Laboratory scale UAF reactors to remove heavy metals through sulfide precipitation by SRBs have been upgraded to full scale plants. Two plants are now operational (NSERC).

‘Reuse of sludge from a Precast Concrete Industry’, a study was sponsored by OCE & PSI Inc.

Based on our extensive laboratory study, Prestressed Incorporated is now installing a new recycling system (physical chemical treatment) for further reuse of the concrete residues (OCE, MOE).

Continuous nitrification/denitrification in Hybrid Septic Tanks for on-site system have now been tested and validated in Essex County. This technology has been enhanced to remove nutrients through funding from ECOWORK, Japan, and MITACS. A manufacturing plant for the Hybrid Septic Tank by ECOWORK is being planned for the region.