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Dr Megan Grainger

Lecturer (Analytical and Environmental Chemistry)

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

Research Interests

I have a strong Analytical Chemistry background, having worked in a number of research projects and with various instruments.

I am interested in many areas of mānuka honey analysis. I am currently expanding into honey bee research. I am also interested in trace element and heavy metal analysis in the environment.

Current research topics include:

  • Mānuka honey (including kinetics of conversion of DHA to MG)
  • Nectar analysis
  • Glass analysis for forensic purposes
  • Trace element analysis (including water, honey, bees)
  • Novel compound isolation
  • Detection of volatile compounds

Instrumental Techniques of interest:

  • HPLC (UV, RI, Fluorescence detection)
  • ICP-MS
  • Laser Ablation ICP-MS for spatial imaging
  • HPLC-ICP-MS
  • GC-MS

Research Supervised

PhD

Primary supervision

  • Reason, Daniel (2018 ongoing)

Secondary Supervision

  • Tanner-Dempsey, Greer (2019 ongoing) Detection of volatile compounds in breath and saliva of lung cancer sufferers (Chief Supervisor - Merilyn Manley-Harris)
  • Noble, Anya  (2019 ongoing) The biogeography and functional roles of the manuka microbiome (Chief Supervisor - Charles Lee)
  • Hopker, Sebastian (2019 ongoing) Palaeoclimatic cave drip rates quantified from stalagmite trace metals (UOW Doctoral Scholarship). (Chief Supervisor - Adam Hartland)
  • Li, Yanan (2018 ongoing) (Chief Supervisor - Merilyn Manley-Harris)
  • Shrubsall, Jacob (2017 ongoing) (Chief Supervisor - Merilyn Manley-Harris)
  • 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)

MSc

Primary supervision

  • Hewitt, Nyssa (2019 ongoing) Isolation and characterisation of a novel compound from a fermentation broth
  • Button, Kaitlin (2019 ongoing) Rapid maturation of spirits
  • Cochrane, Kirstie (2019 ongoing) Speciation of arsenic in lake water

Secondary Supervision

  • Singh, Sukhjeet (2017 ongoing). ICP-MS methodologies. (Chief Supervisor - Michael Mucalo)

Teaching Commitments

Expertise

Chemistry; Environmental Chemistry; Metals

Recent Publications

  • Ranmadugala, D., Grainger, M., Manley-Harris, M., & Berenjian, A. (2018). Determination of menaquinone-7 by a simplified reversed phase-HPLC method. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, 19(8), 664-673. doi:10.2174/1389201019666180828090637

  • 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 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

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Grainger, Dr Megan 9621 megang DE.3.03 SOS Academics

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