Dr Chanelle Gavin

Photo Unavailable


Qualifications: BE Honours (Chemical and Biological Engineering), PhD (Engineering)

About Chanelle

Chanelle is based at the newly-built Tauranga campus where the first year of Engineering is on offer for selected programs (mechanical, mechatronics, electrical and electronic, and civil).

Chanelle lectures on a broad range of topics including: polymers/plastics, non metallic materials, materials properties and behaviour, engineering fundamentals (mass balances and thermodynamics) and engineering and society.

Research Interests

Chanelle recently completed her PhD in Engineering. Her PhD research focused on the development of a bioplastic packaging foam from a material called Novatein to replace traditional non biodegradable materials.

Chanelle's research interests include projects with an agriculture or environmental flavour overlapping with materials, biomaterials and/or processing. She also has experience with protein separation processes, protein structural analysis as well as plastic processing and materials analysis.

She is a member of the Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (WaiCAMM) and the Sustainable Energy, Water and Resilient Systems research groups

Teaching Commitments



Polymers Bio-based materials

Recent Publications

  • Gavin, C., Verbeek, C. J. R., & Lay, M. C. (2019). The role of plasticizers during protein thermoplastic foaming. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 136(30). doi:10.1002/app.47781

  • Gavin, C., Verbeek, C. J. R., Lay, M. C., Bier, J. M., & Hicks, T. M. (2019). Thermal analysis and secondary structure of protein fractions in a highly aggregated protein material. Polymer Testing. doi:10.1016/j.polymertesting.2019.04.023

  • Gavin, C., Verbeek, C. J. R., & Lay, M. C. (2019). Formation of secondary structures in protein foams as detected by synchrotron FT-IR. Polymer Testing, 73, 82-86. doi:10.1016/j.polymertesting.2018.10.043

  • Gavin, C., Verbeek, C. J. R., & Lay, M. C. (2018). Morphology and compressive behaviour of foams produced from thermoplastic protein. Journal of Materials Science. doi:10.1007/s10853-018-2714-5

View All research publications by Chanelle Gavin

Contact Details

Room: TCBD.4.02 (Tauranga Campus)
Phone: Extension 3532