Dr Lokesh Padhye



Dr. Padhye is a Senior Lecturer (over the bar) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He obtained his Masters and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He is also a registered professional engineer (P.E.) with Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Engineering New Zealand. Prior to joining the University of Auckland in 2014, he worked as a senior environmental engineer in Atlanta for three years and as an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay for one year. Dr Padhye is also a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) from 2016-current.

Dr. Padhye's research interests are in the fields of water quality, water/wastewater treatment, and environmental contaminant remediation. His research group is particularly interested in studying fate and treatment of emerging aqueous contaminants, including PPCPs, pesticides, PFAS, and microplastics. Dr. Padhye has won numerous awards during his career from prestigious organizations worldwide (American Chemical Society, Georgia Tech, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and the University of Auckland). 

Research | Current

I'm looking for motivated doctoral students to join my research group. If you are interested in any of the following topics, please send me your resume with academic transcripts and reference letters.

Current research topics include:

- Water quality monitoring with low-cost sensor arrays

- Wastewater resource recovery - clean water, nutrients, and energy

- Wastewater reuse and advanced water treatment processes

- LIDs for effective stormwater treatment and management

- Surface chemistry of novel adsorbents

- Photochemistry and photocatalysis

- Electrochemistry for advanced water treatment and wastewater reuse

- Novel membrane coatings for remediating emerging contaminants

- Occurrence and fate of DBPs, pesticides, PPCPs, PFAS, microplastics, and other micropollutants in natural and engineered aquatic environments

- Mitigating GHG emissions and nitrogen contaminants from agricultural soils and WWTPs

- Water equity, safety, and sustainability (OWRC)


Teaching | Current


- ENVENG 200: Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering 

- ENVENG 342: Environmental Engineering Design (Course Coordinator)

- ENVENG 331: Three Waters: Quality and Treatment

- ENVENG 707: Advanced Water Treatment and Reuse (Course Coordinator)



Postgraduate supervision

Student Name (Main Supervisor Role Only), Programme (Year of Completion)

Mahyar Ghanadi, PhD

Iraj Rezapour Balaneji, PhD

Renu Hujare, PhD

Swadhina Priyadarshini Lenka, PhD

Erin Lim, ME (Completed 2020)

Maryani Astuti, PhD

Dilieka Weerakoon, ME (Completed 2019)

Tahereh Jasemizad, PhD (Submitted 2021)

Lamis Javid, PhD (Submitted 2021)

Kien Tat Wai, PhD (Submitted 2021)

Lun Guo, PhD (Part-time PhD student)

Rahul Kumar, PhD (Completed 2020)

Sumaraj, PhD (Submitted 2021)



‘Teaching Development Award’, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland (2020)

'Senior Fellow', Advance HE (Higher Education Academy) (2020)

'Certificate of Merit', American Chemical Society for the Outstanding Platform Presentation at the 257th ACS National Meeting (2019)

‘Teaching Development Award’, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland (2018)

'Early Career Teaching Excellence Award’, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland (2017)

‘Teaching Development Award’, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland (2017)

'Jim & Hazel D. Lord Emerging Faculty Fellowship', The University of Auckland Foundation(2015)

‘Teaching Portfolio Development Award’, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland (2015)

'Young Faculty Award', IIT-Bombay (2013)

'Certificate of Merit', American Chemical Society for the Outstanding Platform Presentation at the 243rd ACS National Meeting (2012)

'Outstanding Ph.D. Candidate Award', AEES, Georgia Tech (2010)

'Graduate Student Award', American Chemical Society (2010)

'Amirtharajah Graduate Student Fellowship', Georgia Tech (2009-2010)



Environmental Engineering Group Leader

Environmental Engineering Research Laboratory Manager

Department's Teaching and Learning Quality Committee (TLQC)

Department's People and Culture Committee

Department's Digital Presence Committee

Faculty of Engineering's Faculty Staffing Committee  (FSC)

The University of Auckland - Independent Chair for PhD Oral Examinations 


Department's PG Advisor (2015-2019)

Department's Acting Deputy HoD (2016-2017)

Areas of expertise

Water Quality

Environmental Chemistry

Innovative Water/Wastewater Treatment Technologies

Wastewater Reuse

Emerging Contaminants

Abiotic and Biotic Transformation Kinetics of Micropollutants

Water Safety, Security, and Sustainability

Mitigation Technologies for Green House Gas Emissions

Low Impact Designs

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Frontiers in Chemical Engineering – Associate Editor

OWRC – Oceania Water Research Consortium - Founder

TBPE – Texas Board of Professional Engineers - Professional Engineer

Engineering New Zealand – Chartered Engineer

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Kumar, R., Akbarinejad, A., Jasemizad, T., Fucina, R., Travas-Sejdic, J., & Padhye, L. P. (2021). The removal of metformin and other selected PPCPs from water by poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) photocatalyst. Science of the Total Environment, 751, 142302-142302. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142302
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
  • Jasemi Zad, T., Bromberg, L., Hatton, T. A., & Padhye, L. P. (2020). Oxidation of betrixaban to yield N-nitrosodimethylamine by water disinfectants. Water Research, 18610.1016/j.watres.2020.116309
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tahereh Jasemi Zad
  • Bromberg, L., Ozbek, N., Tan, K.-J., Padhye, L. P., & Hatton, T. A. (2020). Iron phosphomolybdate complexes in electrocatalytic reduction of aqueous disinfection byproducts. Chemical Engineering Journal10.1016/j.cej.2020.127354
  • Mohapatra, S., Menon, N. G., Padhye, L. P., Tatiparti, S. S. V., & Mukherji, S. (2020). Natural attenuation of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment and role of phototransformation. In M. Kumar, D. Snow, R. Honda, S. Mukherjee (Eds.) Contaminants in drinking and wastewater sources: Challenges and reigning technologies (pp. 65-94). Singapore: Springer. 10.1007/978-981-15-4599-3_3
  • Jasemizad, T., & Padhye, L. P. (2020). Reactivity and N-nitrosodimethylamine formation potential of betrixaban with monochloramine, chlorine, and ozone. Paper presented at ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 22 March - 26 March 2020. Abstracts of papers - American Chemical Society. 10.1021/scimeetings.0c03934
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tahereh Jasemi Zad
  • Schunke, A. J., Hernandez Herrera, G. A., Padhye, L. P., & Berry, T. (2020). Energy Recovery in SWRO Desalination: Current Status and New Possibilities. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 210.3389/frsc.2020.00009
  • Menon, G. N., Mohapatra, S., Padhye, L. P., Tatiparti, S. S. V., & Mukherji, S. (2020). Review on occurrence and toxicity of pharmaceutical contamination in Southeast Asia. In M. Kumar, D. D. Snow, R. Honda (Eds.) Emerging issues in the water environment during Anthropocene: A South East Asian perspective (pp. 63-91). Singapore: Springer. Related URL.
  • Sumaraj, Xiong, Z., Sarmah, A. J., & Padhye, L. P. (2020). Acidic surface functional groups control chemisorption of ammonium onto carbon materials in aqueous media. Science of The Total Environment, 69810.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134193
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ajit Sarmah, Suma Raj


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Level 11, Room 1137
New Zealand

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