Associate Professor Merilyn Manley-Harris

Associate Professor (Organic & Analytical Chemistry); Undergraduate Coordinator (Chemistry); Academic Manager (Chemical Services Unit)

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) James Cook University, PhD University of Montana

Research Interests

Current research projects include: Studies on NZ honey; carbohydrate profiling,  organic contaminants

General interests include carbohydrate chemistry, all forms of HPLC including ion chromatography; NMR spectroscopy and other forms of natural product analysis and characterization.

Research Supervised


  • Bernstein, Daniel (in progress). Removal of traces organics using advanced oxidation and biological filtration for drinking water supply.
  • Iuele, Helena (in progress). Investigation of levels and type of endocrine disruptions in sediments in coastal areas of the Bay of Plenty.
  • MacAskilll, Jessica (in progress). Impact of pretreatment chemistry on the biochemical process for biofuel production.
  • Grainger, Megan (2015). Kinetics of conversion of dihydroxyacetone to methylglyoxal in honey. Embargoed until 11 May 2017.
  • McDonald-Wharry, John (2015). Carbonisation of harakeke (Phormium tenax) biomass for potential application as composite reinforcement. Embargoed until 22 May 2017.
  • Gill, Brendon (2013). Analysis of nucleosides and nucleotides in milk and infant formula.
  • Srinivasan, Prakash (2013). Sorption, degradation and transport of veterinary antibiotics in New Zealand pastoral soils.

MSc (Research)

  • Owens, Adrian (2016). Kinetics of dedimerisation of dihydroxyacetone in aprotic media.
  • Sorensen, Stine (in progress). Seagrass vulnerability and resilience: the threat of sedimentation. (chief supervisor Marnie Campbell).
  • Bernstein, Daniel (2015). Development of a method for trace analysis of dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate by liquid chromatography mass spectrometry and its application to samples from the MV Rena incident.
  • Lloyd, Alicia (2015). Analysis of amino acids in mānuka honey.


  • Tanner-Dempsey, Greer (in progress). Refinement of the model for conversion of DHA to MGO in mānuka honey to account for interactions of DHA and MGO with amino and phenolic acids and thereby develop a robust commercial tool for predication of MGO levels in maturing mānuka honey.
  • Yin, Yingjie (2015). Developing a rapid in-field sensor for DHA in nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium.
  • Brown, Jolene (2014). Seasonal comparison of lipid composition and metabolism in parasitised and non-parasitised clover root weevil (Sitona lepidus).
  • Cameron, Nicola (2014). Use of LA-ICP-MS to analyse dental enamel in order to locate the geographical origin of teeth.
  • MacAskill, Jessica (2013). Quantification of nitro-toxins in Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus) Drupes.
  • Yang, Wenjuan (2012). Investigation of extractable materials from biochar.
  • Chan, Ching (2011). Isolation, charaterisation and synthesis of a phenyl-substituted pyrrole isolated from the flavonoid fraction of mānuka honey.
  • Dumté, Mérine (2010). Development of a method for the quantitative detection of honey in imported products.
  • Faville, Martyn (2010). Examination of the molecular mass of polyhydroxypolyamides.
  • Grainger, Megan (2010). Categorisation and discrimination of Automotive glass fragments by Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass-Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) for forensic purposes.
  • McDonald-Wharry, John (2010). Characterisation of watersoluble polysaccharides  produced during prehydrolysis of pinus radiata.
  • Deadman, Benjamin (2009). The flavonoid profile of New Zealand mānuka honey.

BSC (Hons)

  • Haisley Bassard, Connor (2016). Sugar profiles of Dactylanthus.
  • Brunton, Richard (2015). The extraction, quantification and characterisation of kavalactones from Piper methysticum (Kava).

Teaching Commitments



Carbohydrates Honey

Recent Publications

  • Bernstein, D., Glasgow, G. D. E., Manley-Harris, M., Lay, M., Hu, B., & Ericksen, S. (2016). Removal and monitoring of cyanobacterial metabolites in drinking water treatment. In Chemical Engineering - Regneneration, Recovery and Reinvention. Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia.

  • Grainger, M. N. C., Manley-Harris, M., Lane, J. R., & Field, R. J. (2016). Kinetics of the conversion of dihydroxyacetone to methylglyoxal in New Zealand mānuka honey: Part II - Model systems. Food Chemistry, 202, 492-499. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.02.030

  • Grainger, M. N. C., Manley-Harris, M., Lane, J. R., & Field, R. J. (2016). Kinetics of conversion of dihydroxyacetone to methylglyoxal in New Zealand mānuka honey: Part III - A model to simulate the conversion. Food Chemistry, 202, 500-506. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.02.032

  • Hicks, T. M., Verbeek, C. J. R., Lay, M. C., & Manley-Harris, M. (2015). Changes in hydrogen bonding in protein plasticized with triethylene glycol. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132(26). doi:10.1002/app.42166

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Contact Details

Room: E.3.19
Phone: +64 7 838 4384
Cellphone: 027 389 6347
Fax: +64 7 838 4219