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Dr Megan Grainger

Lecturer (Analytical and Environmental Chemistry)

Qualifications: BSc, MSc (1st Class), PhD Waikato

Research Interests

Current research topics include:

  • Mānuka honey (including kinetics of conversion of DHA to MG)
  • Nectar analysis
  • Glass analysis for forensic purposes
  • Trace element analysis

General interests include:

I have a strong background in many areas of mānuka honey analysis. I am currently expanding into honey bee research.

I am also interested in trace element, heavy metal and nanoparticle analysis in the environment.

Instrumental Techniques of interest:

  • HPLC (UV, RI, Fluorescence detection)
  • ICP-MS (Including Laser Ablation and HPLC sample introduction. Single particle analysis)

Research Supervised

PhD

  • Loame, Remedy (2016 ongoing). Revealing new volcanic ash-fall hazards in the Waikato region by detecting and analysing cryptotephras in 20,000-year-old organic-rich sediments (supported by EQC). (Chief Supervisor David Lowe)

Teaching Commitments

Expertise

Chemistry; Environmental Chemistry

Recent Publications

  • Grainger, M. N. C., Owens, A., Manley-Harris, M., Lane, J. R., & Field, R. J. (2017). Kinetics of conversion of dihydroxyacetone to methylglyoxal in New Zealand manuka honey: Part IV - Formation of HMF. Food Chemistry, 232, 648-655. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.04.066

  • 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

  • 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 I - Honey systems. Food Chemistry, 202, 484-491. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.02.029

  • 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

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Contact Details

Email: megang@waikato.ac.nz
Room: DE.3.03
Phone: +64 7 837 96201