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Evgheni Ermolaev

Doctor of Technology and Researcher in Environmental Engineering


     My main interest is in development, optimisation and modelling of organic waste management alternatives that allow implementation of circular economy approaches. My focus is also on evaluation of sustainability and environmental impacts of different organic waste treatment technologies.
     During my Post-Doctoral work I evaluated, optimised and up-scaled fly larvae composting, which is a waste management system that allows recycling of not just plant nutrients, but also more valuable proteins and fats, which are typically lost in other types of organic waste management alternatives.
     For my Doctoral degree I evaluated process optimization of food and garden waste composting, aiming towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
     My Master’s education in management of biological diversity focused on natural resource management, governance and stakeholder facilitation and social learning. I investigated conservation possibilities for an endangered plant species for my Master’s thesis. Originally a biologist with a focus on molecular biology and biochemistry, I evaluated plant proteins as markers for genetic selection of sunflower.


I lead the course "Sustainable technologies for low- and medium income countries, (TN0354)". I teach waste management, organic waste management alternatives and composting engineering in the following courses: Safe Nutrient Recycling (MX0131), Waste Management (TE0014) and Bioenergy - Technology and Systems (TN0284). Part of teaching includes practical work with ORWARE model, where students learn to implement systems thinking and a holistic approach when performing a comparison of different waste treatment alternatives. My teaching experience also includes a course on fly larvae composting for waste management industry professionals.

Selected publications

Lalander C., Ermolaev E., et al. 2020 | Process efficiency and ventilation requirement in black soldier fly larvae composting of substrates with high water content. Science of The Total Environment, vol. 729:138968, pp. 1-8.

Ermolaev E., et al. 2019 | Greenhouse gas emissions from small-scale fly larvae composting with Hermetia illucens. Waste Management, vol. 96, pp. 65-74.

Ermolaev E., et al. 2019 | Effects of moisture on emissions of methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide from food and garden waste composting. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 240.

Ermolaev E., et al. 2019 | Model selection for waste conversion efficiency and energy demands in a pilot for large-scale larvae treatment. Proceedings of the 60th Conference on Simulation and Modelling (SIMS 60).

Ermolaev E., et al. 2018 | Greenhouse gas emissions from fly larvae composting with Hermetia illucens. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference Insects to Feed the World.

Lalander C., Ermolaev E., et al. 2018 | Ventilation requirements in a modular black soldier fly larvae system for waste treatment and feed production. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference Insects to Feed the World.

Ermolaev E., et al. 2015 | Nitrous oxide and methane emissions from food waste composting at different temperatures. Waste Management, vol. 46, pp. 113-119.

Ermolaev E., et al. 2015 | Early methane and nitrous oxide emissions from food waste composting as affected by moisture. Proceedings of Sardinia 2015 conference.

Ermolaev E., et al. 2014 | Greenhouse gas emissions from home composting in practice. Bioresource Technology, vol. 151, pp. 174-182.

Ermolaev E., et al. 2012 | Greenhouse gas emission from covered windrow composting with controlled ventilation. Waste Management & Research vol. 30(2), pp. 155-160.

Ermolaev E., et al. 2011 | Utsläpp av växthusgaser och ammoniak från hemkomposter: inverkan av temperatur, matning och skötsel.
Rapport 037, SLU, Inst. f. energi och teknik, Uppsala.


I initiated and maintain the group’s popular scientific blog,, which has become an outlet of the group’s scientific results towards stakeholders and the private sector.

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