Elodie Passeport

Elodie PasseportAssistant Professor (CivE, ChemE)
M.Sc. (National Institute of Applied Sciences, Toulouse), M.Sc., (AgroParisTech), PhD (AgroParisTech)

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Engineering and Stable Isotopes
Principal Investigator
Passeport Lab
Jointly appointed with the Dept. of Civil Engineering

Room GB319F | Tel.: 416-978-5747 | Email:  elodie.passeport@utoronto.ca

Honours & Awards

Bill Burgess Teacher of the Year Award for Large Classes, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, 2018
Canada Research Chair Tier II in Environmental Engineering and Stable Isotopes, 2015
PHYTOPHARMA award, 2012, delivered by the French Group on Pesticides.


American Chemical Society
American Geophysical Union
Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors

Research interests

Emerging Contaminants in the Natural Environment

In Canada, 89% of drinking water is produced from surface water. Pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and industrial chemicals are typical contaminants that find their way to the environment where they can affect the health of humans and ecosystems. Some contaminants can be easily eliminated under the action of naturally occurring microorganisms, under aerobic or anaerobic conditions, while others undergo photodegradation, adsorption – desorption, or plant uptake. However, a portion of these contaminants resists these processes and might be transferred to the food web. My research group studies the transport, transfer, and transformation processes that govern their fate in the natural environment, including surface water and sediments, to help authorities adopt the most suitable control and remediation strategies.

Ecological Engineering Practices for Green Water Infrastructures

Reducing contaminant fluxes as close as possible to their sources with cost-effective water treatment solutions protects aquatic ecosystems and avoids large-scale downstream treatment. We work on developing Ecological Engineering Practices such as constructed wetlands to eliminate these contaminants. Because mixtures or “cocktails” of multiple contaminants are often present, each presenting a range of physical and chemical properties, Ecological Engineering Practices must be systematically designed to enhance their intrinsic water treatment capabilities.

Stable Isotope Analysis

Our lab develops new analytical methods to determine stable carbon and hydrogen isotopes of these priority organic contaminants, particularly using Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA). CSIA can help distinguish between permanent or “destructive” removal and temporary processes that simply redistribute contaminants in the environment. Information about contaminant isotope ratios can also help identify their sources or the reaction mechanisms affecting their persistence or removal in contaminated environments. We use CSIA to evaluate the role of natural attenuation processes in the field, and to evaluate the efficiency of Ecological Engineering Practices.

Selected Publications

Passeport, E., Zhang, N., Wu, L., Herrmann, H., Sherwood Lollar, B., Richnow, H.-H., 2018. Aqueous photodegradation of substituted chlorobenzenes: Kinetics, carbon isotope fractionation, and reaction mechanisms. Water Research. 135:95-103

Boyer, A., Ning, P., Killey, D., Klukas, M., Rowan, D., Simpson, A., Passeport, E., 2018. Strontium adsorption and desorption in wetlands: Role of organic matter functional groups and environmental implications. Water Research. 133:27-36

Passeport, E., Tournebize, J., Chaumont, C., Guenne, A., Coquet, Y. 2013. Pesticide contamination interception strategy and removal efficiency in forest buffer and artificial wetland in a tile-drained agricultural watershed. Chemosphere. 91(9):1289-1296

Passeport E., Hunt W.F., Line D.E., Smith R.A., Brown R.A. 2009. Field study of the ability of two grassed bioretention cells to reduce stormwater runoff pollution. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 135(4):505-510.