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. 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. 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, PPCPs, EDCs,  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 707: Advanced Water Treatment and Reuse (Course Coordinator)


Postgraduate supervision

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

Swadhina Priyadarshini Lenka, PhD

Erin Lim, ME

Maryani Astuti, PhD

Dilieka Weerakoon, ME (Completed 2019)

Tahereh Jasemizad, PhD

Lamis Javid, PhD

Kien Tat Wai, PhD

Lun Guo, PhD

Rahul Kumar, PhD (Completed 2020)

Sumaraj, PhD



'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)

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

OWRC – Oceania Water Research Consortium

ACS – American Chemical Society 

AEESP – Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors 

ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers 

ASEE – American Society for Engineering Education 

EWRI – Environmental & Water Resources Institute 

Engineering New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hamzah, N., Norhafezah, K., Tao, W., Singhal, N., Padhye, L., & Swift, S. (2020). Effect of rhamnolipid on the physicochemical properties and interaction of bacteria and fungi. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, online first10.1007/s42770-020-00295-0
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/51567
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Naresh Singhal, Simon Swift
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/51316
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49924
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ajit Sarmah, Suma Raj
  • Ng, A., Weerakoon, D., Lim, E., & Padhye, L. P. (2019). Fate of environmental pollutants. Water environment research : a research publication of the Water Environment Federation, 91 (10), 1294-1325. 10.1002/wer.1225
  • Su, X., Padhye, L., & Hatton, T. A. (2019). Electrochemical Redox-Mediated Systems for Environmental Separations and Remediation. Paper presented at 93rd ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Atlanta, GA. 16 June - 19 June 2019. Related URL.
  • Travas-Sejdic, J., Padhye, L. P., Kumar, R., & Fucina, R. (2019). Photocatalytic removal of metformin using poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) polymer. Paper presented at 257th ACS National Meeting, Orlando, Florida. 31 March - 4 April 2019. ENVR 529: Photocatalytic removal of metformin using poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) polymer. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
  • Kumar, R., Tscharke, B., O'Brien J, Mueller, J. F., Wilkins, C., & Padhye, L. P. (2019). Assessment of drugs of abuse in a wastewater treatment plant with parallel secondary wastewater treatment train. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 658, 947-957. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.167


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Level 11, Room 1137
New Zealand

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