Professor Margaret Mary Hyland

BSc(Hons), PhD


Professor Margaret Hyland obtained a PhD (Chemistry) from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.  Her interest in surface chemistry and phenomena that take place at surfaces began there.  She investigated the deposition of gold and other metals on mineral surfaces.  This had applications in the geochemistry of gold depsoition and also had implications for the capture of heavy metals in the environment.

She moved to the University of Auckland to take up a postdoctoral fellowship, working in the then newly-established Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science.  Working with Professor Barry Welch, she then began a long time interest in aluminium reduction technology, which started with a study of the capture of gaseous fluoride emissions from aluminium smelting cells. Her fundamental work on this topic has been applied in practice by aluminium companies globally.  She works with international aluminium companies around the world, specialising in environmental and materials performance.  She is Associate Director of the Light Metals Research Centre.

Margaret also has a parallel interest surface engineering and surface processes involving adhesion. She was recently awarded a Marsden grant to study the role of wettability in the spreading of molten droplets - a topic which has important implications for the bonding of ceramics and metals. 

Margaret currently holds the role of Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Engineering.  She recently served as the University's Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research (2010-13) and in the past was Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Engineering.


PhD Chemistry, University of Western Ontario
BSc (Honours), University of Guelph

Research | Current

Aluminum reduction technology

Generation and capture of fluoride and sulfur gases, optimisation of dry scrubbing, potroom dust, optimisation and performance of high temperature materials and inert anode materials.

Surface engineering

High velocity thermal spray coatings, formation and adhesion mechanisms, coatings for anti-fouling applications, surface chemistry and adhesion to metal surfaces and surface analytical techniques.


Research groups

Teaching | Current


  • ENGGEN 140 - Engineering, Biology and Chemistry
  • CHEMMAT 212 - Energy and Processing
  • CHEMMAT 315 - Chemical Reactor Engineering
  • CHEMMAT 317 - New Developments in Process Engineering


Postgraduate supervision

Primary supervisor to 27 PhD students (19 completed) and 9 ME students (all complete).


Pickering Medal, Royal Society of New Zealand, 2015

Fellow, Institute of Chemical Engineers



  • Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering
  • Associate Director, Light Metals Research Centre

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow, IChemE
  • Member, Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Member, ASM
  • Member, TMS

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • McIntosh, G. J., Agbenyegah, G. E. K., Hyland, M. M., & Metson, J. B. (2016). The pivotal role of alumina pore structure in HF capture and fluoride return in aluminum reduction. JOM, 68 (9), 2463-2471. 10.1007/s11837-016-2004-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Metson
  • Framil Carpeño D, Ohmura, T., Zhang, L., Dickinson, M., Seal, C., & Hyland, M. (2016). Softening and compressive twinning in nanosecond ultraviolet pulsed laser-treated Ti6Al4V. Scripta Materialia, 113, 139-144. 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2015.10.027
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Seal
  • Framil Carpeño D, Ohmura, T., Zhang, L., Leveneur, J., Dickinson, M., Seal, C., ... Hyland, M. (2015). Nanomechanical and in situ TEM characterization of boron carbide thin films on helium implanted substrates: Delamination, real-time cracking and substrate buckling. Materials Science and Engineering A, 639, 54-64. 10.1016/j.msea.2015.04.073
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Seal
  • McIntosh, G. J., Agbenyegah, G. E. K., Hyland, M. M., & Metson, J. B. (2015). Adsorptive capacity and evolution of the pore structure of alumina on reaction with gaseous hydrogen fluoride. Langmuir, 31 (19), 5387-5397. 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b00664
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Metson
  • Sittisart, P., Hyland, M. M., Hodgson, M. A., Nguyen, C., & Fernyhough, A. (2014). Developing a cost-effective composite based on electroless nickel-coated cellulose fibres for electromagnetic interference shielding. Journal of Renewable Materials, 2 (4), 264-269. 10.7569/JRM.2014.634123
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Hodgson
  • Materic, V., Hyland, M., Jones, M. I., & Holt, R. (2014). Investigation of the friability of Ca looping sorbents during and after hydration based reactivation. Fuel, 127, 70-77. 10.1016/j.fuel.2013.09.061
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Jones
  • Oosterbeek, R. N., Seal, C. K., Staiger, M. P., & Hyland, M. M. (2014). Topologically-ordered magnesium-biopolymer hybrid composite structures. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A10.1002/jbm.a.35175
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Seal
  • Materic, V., Hyland, M., Jones, M. I., & Northover, B. (2014). High temperature carbonation of Ca(OH)<inf>2</inf>: The effect of particle surface area and pore volume. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 53 (8), 2994-3000. 10.1021/ie403005s
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Jones


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 505
New Zealand

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