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Dr Peter Gostomski

Associate Professor Peter Gostomski

Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London)
Chartered Engineer, Ph.D (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
M.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), B.S., Ch.E. (Penn State University)


Head of Department/Associate Professor


E530, Civil Mechanical

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 369 3805
Internal phone: 93805

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I joined the department in 1998 after spending four years with the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It is part of the Department of Energy national laboratory system in the United States. While there I investigated the biological degradation of volatile hydrocarbons and other airborne contanimants using biofiltration.

I obtained my Ph.D. in 1993 under the supervision of Harry Bungay at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. My thesis topic investigated the use of multivariable auxostats for the production of PHB (a biodegradable polymer). My M.S. investigated the hydrolysis of steam exploded cellulose by concentrated sulfuric acid.

My B.S in Chemical Engineering was obtained at Pennsylvania State University in 1985. After that I worked for two years at an acrylic sheet plant working on new product development.

Research Profile and Publications

Please visit my SPARK page for more extensive research information and a list of my recent publications

Postgraduate Research Projects Offered

Collaborative or related research links

Microbial Cellulose

  1. UoC Natural Fibres & Biocomposites Research (collaborative)
  2. BioPolymer Network (collaborative)


  1. Marc Deshusses Duke University (collaborative)
  2. Joe Devinny Univ. of Southern California (collaborative)

Interesting Links

  1. SciTech Daily Review (great links to science stories)
  2. ESPN ("compliments" the The Press sports page)

Research Team

  • Ruth Ang (ME)
  • Chao Cheng (ME)
  • Quang Dang (PhD, The effect of environmental parameters on the carbon end-points and degradation rate in a differential biofiltration reactor)
  • Roger De Vila (PhD, The impact of metabolic uncouplers on the performance of toluene-degrading biotrickling filter)
  • Emmanual Egbadon (PhD)
  • Josh Gallaher (ME, Feasibility of methane as a feed-source for a microbial fuel cell)
  • Charles Ikutegbe (PhD)
  • Nilanjana Mazumdar (PhD, Optimization of the fermentation conditions for the production of secondary metabolites from high density cell culture of ettlia apyrenoidosa cultivated in photobioreactors)


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