Peter Gostomski

Associate ProfessorPeter Gostomski

Associate Professor
Head of Department
Civil Mechanical E530
Internal Phone: 93805

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My research interests lay in bioprocess engineering, essentially convincing bacteria and fungi to do something interesting including degradation of compounds (biofiltration, wool scour colour) or production of compounds (microbial cellulose, methanol). Many of my projects are interconnected through my interest in unsaturated biofilms. Through control and manipulation of the unsaturated water environment, I am trying understand their metabolism and to enhance their activity. -Understanding the hydrodynamic and biological fundamentals of three phase, low water content, biological reactor systems. This includes reaction systems such as biofiltration, trickle beds, and vadoze zone, in situ bioremediation. -Use of novel organisms grown under harsh biological conditions or maintained in non-growth conditions for high volume transformations that are less susceptible to contamination. -Microbial dynamics with respect to transient responses of pure cultures and dynamics of mixed cultures. Investigation of time-dependent models for control research. -Applications of advanced control in fermentation. Development of feedback control in distributed parameter and multi-nutrient dependent systems along with novel sensor implementation.

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Detchanamurthy S. and Gostomski PA. (2015) Studies on the influence of different metabolic uncouplers on the biodegradation of toluene in a differential biofilter reactor. Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering 20(5): 915-923. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12257-014-1228-5.
  • Detchanamurthy S., Gostomski PA. and Muralidhar A. (2014) Isolation, characterization and preservation of toluene degraders from soil subjected to biofiltration studies. Biotechnology : an Indian journal 10(1): 18-23.
  • Evelyn., Li Y., Marshall A. and Gostomski PA. (2014) Gaseous pollutant treatment and electricity generation in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) utilising redox mediators. Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology 13(1): 35-51. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11157-013-9322-2.
  • Gostomski P. (2014) Down but not out. Chemical Engineer -London then Rugby- (880): 26-32.
  • Gostomski PA. and Fee CJ. (2014) Chemical engineering at... The University of Canterbury. Chemical Engineering Education 48(1): 2-8.