School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Evangelos Petropoulos

Guest Member of Staff


Short bio


Dr Petropoulos is an expert in the field of wastewater treatment and environmental bio-engineering and biotechnology. He has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Newcastle University and extensive industrial and academic experience, gained from working in China, Greece, Spain and the UK.


He has conducted significant research and development work into both aerobic and anaerobic wastewater treatment for sufficient removal of organic pollutants and nutrients from municipal and industrial wastewater streams. His research focuses both in the bio-chemical processes as well as the bio-molecular, ecological characteristics that take place in bioengineered treatment systems. Lately he got involved in projects related to waste management and crop fertilization strategies (horticulture).


Dr Evangelos Petropoulos is currently the Technical Director of Premier Tech Aqua UK/IR  in County Durham.  He specializes in the design and construction of packaged water and waste water treatment solutions (up to 10.000 PE) using innovative approaches; he also actively participates at the global R&D structure of the company (Headquarters at Riviere du loup, Canada). Dr Petropoulos focuses in the integration of numerous biochemical/molecular tools to design and develop of world leading environmental solutions.

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 Active involvement:

• Vice President of the British Water - Wastewater Treatent Plants Forum (May 2020 - Present)

 • Close collaboration with:

  1. College of Applied Meteorology, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, PR China
  2. State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, PR China
  3. Institute of Agricultural Resources and Environment, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Nanjing, China

• Specialist (resource specialist) at Port Harcourt Rivers University - Institute of Petroleum Studies, Centre for Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (May 2020 - present)


 • Chinese Academy of Sciences 'President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI)' Scholar at Xiamen IUE University, 2017

 • Awardee of 'Optimizations in AD' - Early Career Researcher (ECR) conference, Warwick, UK 2015, best platform presentation award (Warwick, UK)

 • PhD studentship, 2010-2013 - EPSRC

Invited speaker at:


• Farm Business Innovation Exhibition (Birmingham, UK, Nov. '19); Topic: Septic tanks after the 2020 binding rules, the future of the off-drains wastewater treatment

 • Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) National Conference (London, UK, Dec. '18); Topic: Biotechnology as a tool for sustainable (waste)water to energy

 • Farm Business Innovation Exhibition (Birmingham, UK, Nov. '18); Topic: Sustainable waste water conversion to energy using specialised inocula

 • Xiamen IUE-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Xiamen, China, Aug. '16); Topic: Anaerobic wastewater treatment at low temperature using Arctic and Alpine sediments as seeds.

 • Newcastle University (Newcastle, UK, May, '16); Topic: Anaerobic wastewater treatment at low temperature using Arctic and Alpine sediments as seeds.

 • Jiangnan University (Wuxi, China, Dec. '15); Topic: Anaerobic wastewater treatment at low temperature using Arctic and Alpine sediments as seeds.

 • 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion (AD14) workshop (Santiago, Chile, Nov ´15); Topic: Microbial Ecology of Anaerobic Digestion: application to the topic of low-temperature AD.

Platform presentations in numerous other Internatinal and National conferences, meetings, seminars (from 2012 up to now)

Scientific journal reviewer:


• Biofuel Research

• Water Research

• Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology

• Chemical Papers

• Chemosphere

• Biofuel Research

• PSEP (Process Safety and Environmental Protection)

• STOTEN (Science of the Total Environment)




• British Water




•  BBSRC Anaerobic Digestion Network can also contact me through:

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My research work focuses on anaerobic biological waste and wastewater treatment systems operating at challenging conditions (low temperature, presence of inhibitors, etc.). This includes not only the study of the process behaviour of these systems but also the characteristics of the microbial communities that are developed in them at such conditions.

I also focus on the bio-conversion of waste streams to valuable by-products (i.e. biogas and fermentation intermediates), by trying to optimize the bioconversion processes using low-cost additives.

I am very keen on membrane operation with focus in quorum sensing/quenching molecules and bacterial behaviours to understand and improve wastewater treatment using such filtration systems.

I am also very interested in studying of soil amendments for bio-conditioning and for improved cultivation strategies (mainly focused on rice grain); key drive is the maximization of the yield and the minimization of the agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.