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Eric Peterson

Looking for students or interns

Areas of expertise

Biomass valorization , Applied Microbiology , Engineering Biology , Fermentation


819 376-5011 ext. 4511

I2E3 – Innovations Institute in Ecomaterials, Ecoproducts and Ecoenergies
Biomass Based
Y-3168, CIPP Building, UQTR

Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

490 de la Couronne Street
Québec City (Quebec)  G1K 9A9


Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)
3351 Blvd des Forges
Trois-Rivières (Quebec) G8Z 4M3

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Research interests

  • Bioconversion of CO2 and organic residues into microbial and insect protein for use in aquafeeds
  • Application of mixed microbial consortia for industrial and environmental applications
  • Improved bioproduction of flavours and fragrances through in situ product recovery
  • Coffee and cocoa fermentation

Training openings for students or interns

University Education

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University
M.Sc. Microbiology, Ryerson University
B.Sc. Plant Biology (Hons.), University of Guelph


Dr. Peterson is an interdisciplinary researcher focused on fostering practical approaches for moving society towards a sustainable paradigm, and does so by connecting elements of microbiology and engineering to develop science-based solutions that meet needs in an increasingly challenging world. He is profoundly interested in circular bioeconomies, and has undertaken projects in biomass valorization, biological chemicals, and sustainable food production. He is also active in the science of cocoa and coffee. This is in no small part due to Dr Peterson engaging an ever-growing global network of scientific researchers with expertise to support the various components of these projects, including scientists, policy makers, and industry.

Current and recent projects

  • A microbial bioconversion platform: valorization of waste biomass into microbial and insect ingredients for use in aquafeeds (A*STAR A2HTPO, Ongoing)
  • Investigation of Foodeed Waste Management and Preliminary Economic and Environmental Impact Assessment (A*STAR UGHTPO, Ongoing)
  • Advanced ISPR polymers for sustainable production of fragrances and microbial protein (A*STAR 2020-2022)
  • Development of functional strains and applied approaches for upgrading organoleptic qualities in green Coffea arabica bean. Multinational corporation research service agreement. (2020-2022)
  • Cocoa fermentation project. Multinational corporation research service agreement. (2018-2021)


Peterson EC, Siao R, Chua GG, Busran CT, Pavlovic R, Thong A, Hermansen C, Sofeo N, Kanagasundaram Y, Weingarten M, Lindley N. (2023). Single cell protein and oil production from solid cocoa fatty acid distillates co-fed ethanol. Bioresource Technology. 387:0960-8524.
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2023.129630

Chin XH, Ho S, Chan G, Basri N, Teo M, Thong A, Goh F, Lindley ND, Peterson EC (2023). Aromatic yeasts: Interactions and implications in coffee fermentation aroma profiles. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 71 (25): 9677-9686.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.3c01357

Lukito BR, Basri N, Thong A, Hermansen C, Weingarten M, Peterson EC (2023). Co-culture of Kluyveromyces marxianus and Meyerozyma guilliermondii with in situ product recovery of 2-phenylethanol. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 71(23): 8991-8997.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.3c01356

Zhang Y, Peterson EC, Ng YL, Goh K-L, Zivkovic V, Chow Y (2023). Comparison of raspberry ketone production via submerged fermentation in different bioreactorsFermentation, 9(6): 546.
DOI: 10.3390/fermentation9060546

Konan D,  Koffi E, Ndao A, Peterson EC, Rodrigue S, Adjallé K (2022). An overview of extrusion as a pretreatment method of lignocellulosic biomass. Energies, 15(9): 3002.

Leow Y, Sequerah V, Tan YC, Yu Y, Peterson EC Jiang CY, Zhang Z Yang Le, Loh XJ, Kai (2022). A tough, biodegradable and water-resistant plastic alternative from coconut husk. Composites Part B: Engineering, 241(1): 10031.

Ma XK, She X, Peterson EC et al. (2019). A newly characterized exopolysaccharide from Sanghuangporus sanghuang. Journal of Microbiology, 57(9): 812-820.

Langeveld H, Peterson EC (2018). Feedstocks for biogas production: Biogas and electricity generation potentials. In M. Tabatatei, H. Ghanavhati (eds), Biogas: process, operation and fundamentals, Springer Nature, Cham, pp. 35-49.

Ma XK, Ma Y, Peterson EC, Guo W, Li Z, Li Y (2018). Structural characterization of two endopolysaccharides from Phellinus sp. and their immunologic effects by intragastric administration in a healthy mammalian model. Food and Function, 9: 1224-1234.

Ma XK, Li T, Fam H, Peterson EC, Zhao W, Guo W, Zhou B (2017). The influence of heavy metals on the bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aquatic systems by a bacterial-fungal consortium. Environmental Technology, 39(16): 2128-2137.

Ma XK, Ding N, Peterson EC, Daugulis AJ (2016). Heavy metals species affect fungal-bacterial synergism during the bioremediation of fluoranthene. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 100: 7741–7750.

Ma XK, Guo DD, Peterson EC, Dun Y, Li Y (2016). Structural characterization and anti-aging activity of a novel extracellular polysaccharide from fungus Phellinus in a mammalian system. Food and Function, 7: 3468-3479.

Peterson EC, Contreras-López D, Harris J, Parent JS, Daugulis AJ (2016).  Characterization of pH dependence in organic acid absorption with non-reactive and reactive polymers for application in two-phase partitioning bioreactors. Chemical Engineering Journal, 287: 503-510.

Bacon SL, Peterson EC, Parent JS, Daugulis AJ (2015). Selecting polymers for two-phase partitioning bioreactors (TPPBs): Consideration of thermodynamic affinity, crystallinity and glass transition temperature. Biotechnology Progress, 31(6): 1500-1507.

Ma XK, Yi DX, Peterson, EC (2015). The Influence of naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) and coumarin on flavonoid production by fungus Phellinus sp.: Modeling of production kinetic profiles. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 99(22): 9417-9426.

Ma XK, Ding N, Peterson EC (2015). Bioaugmentation of soil contaminated with high-level crude oil through inoculation with mixed cultures including Acremonium sp. Biodegradation, 26(3): 259-269.

Peterson EC, Daugulis, AJ (2014). The use of high pressure CO2-facilitated pH swings to enhance in situ product recovery of butyric acid in a two phase partitioning bioreactor. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 111(11): 2183.

Peterson EC, Daugulis AJ (2014). Demonstration of in situ product recovery of butyric acid via CO2-facilitated pH swings and medium development in two-phase partitioning bioreactors. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 111(3): 5.

Ma XK, Zhang H, Peterson EC, Chen, L (2014). Enhanced antioxidant formation of exopolysaccharide along with yield by Phellinus sp. in submerged culture. Carbohydrate Polymers, 107: 214-220.