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Olga Petrov

Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences
Olga Petrov
Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences
CHBE 521
Thesis: Forest Residues to Energy: Greenhouse gas emissions, local air quality and health risks
Degrees: BSc (1984) Belgrade University, MSc (2008) Royal Roads University
Supervisor: Xiaotao (Tony) Bi
Committee Members:
  • Dr. Anthony Lau
  • Dr. Taraneh Sowlati

Awards & Scholarships

  • University of British Columbia Bridge/CIHR Strategic Training Fellowship
  • BCIT PD Engineering Committee . Tuition Fee Award
  • NSERC Team Research Grant . BCIT Green Roofs Research Project

Internship Positions

  • TCOS (Technological, Commercial, Organizational and Social) Lab, Beedie School of Business, SFU. (February 1, 2013 - July 31, 2013): Life Cycle Assessment of selected lignocellulose-derived products. Project :The development of biocatalyst for conversion of lignocellulose to improve the carbon efficiency and economics of production of lignocellulose-derived products. (Supported by Genome Canada & Genome BC).


I have more than 20 years of combined consulting-industrial, teaching and research experience ranging from  air quality monitoring, modeling and management to pollution prevention planning, pollution control and environmental impact assessment. I believe that my current research on biomass-based district energy systems’ emissions will deepen our understanding of potential impacts that such community-based systems may have locally on air quality and population exposure but also globally, on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.


My current research focuses on evaluating emissions from biomass-based district energy systems and impacts associated with such emissions.   .

 Past research projects:

 •Monitoring and control of odorous compounds from industrial processes such as wastewater treatment plants and poultry processing facilities located in BC. The study was based on data collected during the period of eight years in BC industry and extensive research on BACT for industrial odours.

 •Green Roofs (College and Community Innovation Pilot program), engineered roofing systems with a focus on water quality and possible water reuse. This experimental study included the development on sampling programs, locations and sampling ports design; measurements and data interpretation.

Work Experience

•Faculty, British Columbia Institute of Technology (2000 – present)
•Air Quality Specialist, Envirochem Services Inc, (2001 – present)
•Consultant - Head, Air Quality Department, Hydrometeorological Institute of Serbia (1985-1996)



Petrov, O.; Bi, X.; Lau, A. Impact assessment of biomass-based district heating systems in densely populated communities. Part I: Dynamic intake fraction methodology. Atmos. Environ. 2015, 115, 70–78.

Petrov, O. (2012). Forest Residues to Energy: Is this a pathway towards healthier communities? National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. Evidence Review. Available from: http://www.ncceh.ca/sites/default/files/Forest_%20Residues_to_Energy_Mar_2012.pdf

Presentations/Conferences - Partial list    

Petrov, O., Hebert, A.  (2015). Wood waste-to-energy: A closed-loop urban metabolism. ECWS 2015. Ecocity World Summit. October 11-13, 2015. Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Todorović, D., Jovović, A., Petrov,O., Radić,D., Obradović,M.,Karličić, N.,Stanojević, M. (2015). Using air dispersion modeling to evaluate stack characteristics. Accepted paper for the 28th International Process Engineering Congress PROCESSING ’15, June 4-5, 2015, Indjija, Serbia. 

Matos, S. & Petrov, O. (2015). Harnessing sustainability complexity: A strategy to incorporate social factors into engineering education. Accepted paper for the EESD’15: The 7th International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development, Jun 2015. Vancouver, BC.

Petrov, O. (2014). Wood Pellets: Emission Characterization and Control. WPAC AGM 2014: Sustainable Growth. Wood Pellet Workshop. November 17, 2014. Vancouver, BC

Petrov, O., Bi. X., Lau, A. (2014). When local air quality matters: PM2.5 from a community-based biomass gasification plant. (Conference proceedings published). A&WMA conference,

Matos, S., Petrov, O., Hall, J., Bahi, A., &  Ko, F. (2013).  An integrative LCA approach to evaluate sustainable new technology development: the case of lignin based resin.  (Conference Long Beach, CA. proceedings). LCA XIII conference, October 1 – 3, 2013, Orlando, FL. 

Matos, S., Petrov, O., Eltis, L., & Hall, J. (2013).  A preliminary framework of a LCA informative bioprocess design and development.  LCA XIII conference, October 1 – 3, 2013, Orlando, FL.

Petrov, O., Zhang, S. and Bi, X. (2012). Considering public opinion in biomass to energy applications. 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference. International Symposium on Sustainability. Vancouver, BC.

Petrov, O. (2012).  Biomass Based Energy Systems in British Columbia, Canada: District Energy Systems Initiatives and Applications . World Bioenergy 2012. Jonkoping, Sweden

Petrov, O. & Zhang, S. (2011). Integration and Integrated Assessment of Biomass Energy Systems. CERC Open House

Beauchemin, P. & Petrov, O.(2010). Innovative Approaches to the Management of Industrial Odour. A&WMA ACE, Calgary, AB

Acosta,K., Petrov, O., Beauchemin,P., Sampson, L., Dabrowski, B., & Moore, J.(2010). Integrated Approach to Sustainability Management at BCIT. A&WMA Annual Conference,Calgary, AB

Petrov, O., & Esplin, G. (2006). Experiences in Measuring and Dispersion Modeling of Odours in Evaluating Emission Reduction Strategies. PNWIS Annual Conference. Victoria, BC.

Air Quality Management.(2008). EENG 8290 Course manual. BCIT. 

Industrial Air Pollution Control Techniques.(2006). EENG 8291 Course manual. BCIT.


Petrov, O. (2008). Monitoring and Control of Odour Emissions from Selected Industrial Plants in British Columbia.(M. Sc. Thesis)


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