Dr Megan Grainger
Lecturer (Analytical and Environmental Chemistry)
Qualifications: BSc, MSc (1st Class), PhD Waikato
I am currently researching honey from all around the world. If you have honey collected from one apiary site and would be interested in sharing this with me, please get in contact and I can provide more information.
I have a strong Analytical Chemistry background, having worked in a number of research projects and with various instruments.
My research is often industry based to help New Zealand companies solve problems.
I am interested in many areas of honey analysis - with a large focus on mānuka honey. I am currently expanding into honey bee and pollen research.
I am also interested in trace element and heavy metal analysis in food and 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)
- Laser Ablation ICP-MS for spatial imaging
- Reason, Daniel (2018 ongoing)
- 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)
- Hewitt, Nyssa (2019 ongoing) Isolation and characterisation of a novel compound from a fermentation broth
- Button, Kaitlin (2019 ongoing) Rapid maturation of spirits
- Bell, Amber (2020 ongoing)
- Singh, Sukhjeet (2020). Use of argon and methane gas in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) reaction cells to reduce spectral interferences on sulfur. (Chief Supervisor - Michael Mucalo)
- Cochrane, Kirstie (2019 ongoing) Speciation of arsenic in lake water
Chemistry; Environmental Chemistry; Metals
Grainger, M. N. C., Hewitt, N., & French, A. D. (2020). Optimised approach for small mass sample preparation and elemental analysis of bees and bee products by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Talanta, 214. doi:10.1016/j.talanta.2020.120858
Grainger, M., Field, R., Lane, J., & Manley-Harris, M. (2019). Kinetics of conversion of dihydroxyacetone to methylglyoxal in Mānuka honey. In New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Conference (NZIC2019). Conference held Christchurch, New Zealand.
Li, Y., Gill, B. D., Grainger, M. N. C., & Manley-Harris, M. (2019). The analysis of vitamin B12 in milk and infant formula: A review. International Dairy Journal, 99, 9 pages. doi:10.1016/j.idairyj.2019.104543
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
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