Dr Mark Lay

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc, MSc(Hons), PhD Waikato

Research Interests

My current research is in water, waste-water, solid waste and odour control and treatment, environmental engineering, biodegradable plastics, and emerging contaminants.

I also supervise the University of Waikato School of Engineering Formula SAE team which designs and builds a Formula style race car for the Australasian FSAE competition in Melbourne/Winton Raceway each year.

I have also researched in bioprocess engineering and chromatography (continuous radial flow chromatography, and science education.

Research Supervised

Current Research Students

James Aremu (PhD) – Arsenic removal from raw water sources

Daniel Bernstein (PhD) – Biological activated carbon for organics removal

Asaf Rachmani (PhD) – Endocrine distruptors in dairy shed effluent

Levi Farnum (PhD) – Algal remediation of rivers and estuaries

Tim Ng (PhD) – Protein recovery from green wastes

Chanelle Gavin (PhD) - Protein based foams

Safiya Noorzai (PhD) - Collagen recovery from bullhides

Daren Yang (ME) – Plug flow anaerobic digestion of dairy shed effluent

Kendal Buchanan (MSc) – Dairy shed effluent treatment modelling

Jonathan Van Harselaar (ME) - Formula SAE Wesmo car engine

Larissa Kopf (ME) - Formula SAE Wesmo car suspension dynamics

Jiaoying Wei (ME) - Rendering koi carp

Teaching Commitments


Biotechnology; Engineering; Environment; Environmental Science and Technology; Experiential Learning; Materials and Processing; Mechanical; Sustainability; Waste

Recent Publications

  • 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

  • Kaliappan, S. K., Siyal, A. A., Man, Z., Lay, M., & Shamsuddin, R. (2018). Effect of pore forming agents on geopolymer porosity and mechanical properties. In AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 2016. doi:10.1063/1.5055468

  • Noorzai, S., Verbeek, C., & Lay, M. C. (2018). Effect of plasticizer concentration on fabrication of collagen-based biodegradable films. In Chemeca 2018. Conference held Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

Room: C.3.01
Phone: +64 7 838 4556