Dr Lokesh Padhye

B.E., M.S.C.E., Ph.D., P.E., CMEngNZ


Dr. Padhye 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 was also a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) from 2016-2018.

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:

  • Wastewater reuse and advanced water treatment processes
  • Improving water quality with LIDs for effective stormwater treatment and management
  • Novel membrane coatings for remediating emerging contaminants
  • Electrochemistry for advanced water treatment and wastewater reuse
  • 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
  • Surface chemistry of novel adsorbents
  • Photochemistry and photocatalysis
  • Water equity, safety, and sustainability (OWRC)


Teaching | Current


- GENED 101G: Global Issues, Sustainable Futures (Course Coordinator)

- ENVENG 342: Environmental Engineering Design (Course Coordinator)

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


Postgraduate supervision

Current Student Name, Program, Year Started

Maryani Astuti, PhD, 2018

Dilieka Weerakoon, ME, 2018

Tahereh Jasemizad, PhD, 2017

Lamis Javid, PhD, 2016

Kien Tat Wai, PhD, 2016

Lun Guo, PhD, 2016

Rahul Kumar, PhD, 2016

Sumaraj, PhD, 2015



‘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

Department's Postgraduate Advisor

Areas of expertise

  • 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

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 

IPENZ - The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rahul Kumar
  • Kumar, R., Sarmah, A. K., & Padhye, L. P. (2019). Fate of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in a wastewater treatment plant with parallel secondary wastewater treatment train. Journal of Environmental Management, 233, 649-659. 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.12.062
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rahul Kumar, Ajit Sarmah
  • Kumar, R., Travas-Sejdic, J., & Padhye, L. P. (2018). Photocatalytic removal of metformin using poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) polymer. Paper presented at 47th Chemeca Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand. 30 September - 3 October 2018.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rahul Kumar, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
  • Zad, T. J., Astuti, M. P., & Padhye, L. P. (2018). Fate of Environmental Pollutants. Water Environment Research, 90 (10), 1104-1170. 10.2175/106143018X15289915807191
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Maryani Paramita Astuti
  • Warsinger, D. M., Chakraborty, S., Tow, W., Plumlee, M. H., Bellona, C., Loutatidou, S., ... Ghassemi, A. (2018). A review of polymeric membranes and processes for potable water reuse. Progress in Polymer Science, 81, 209-237. 10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2018.01.004
  • Hamzah, N., Singhal, N., Padhye, L., & Swift, S. (2018). Effect of surfactants on Aspergillus brasiliensis ATCC 16404 physicochemical properties. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 6 (2), 3392-3398. 10.1016/j.jece.2018.04.068
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Swift, Naresh Singhal
  • Hamzah, N., Kamil, N. A. F. M., Singhal, N., Padhye, L., & Swift, S. (2018). Comparison of phenanthrene removal by Aspergillus niger ATC 16404 (filamentous fungi) and Pseudomonas putida KT2442 (bacteria) in enriched nutrient-liquid medium. Paper presented at 4th International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering for Sustainability (IConCEES), MALAYSIA. 4 December - 5 December 2017. 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING FOR SUSTAINABILITY (ICONCEES 2017). (pp. 7). 10.1088/1755-1315/140/1/012047
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Naresh Singhal, Simon Swift
  • Mohapatra, S., Padhye, L. P., & Mukherji, S. (2018). Challenges in detection of antibiotics in wastewater matrix. In T. Gupta, A. K. Agarwal, R. A. Agarwal, N. K. Labhsetwar (Eds.) Environmental contaminants: Measurement, modelling and control (pp. 3-20). Singapore: Springer. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43901


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2-6 PARK AVENUE - Bldg 529
Level 3, Room 307A
New Zealand

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