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Ian Mayor-Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Water and Wastewater Treatment within the School of Environment and Technology, where he a member of the Environment and Public Health Research Group (EPHREG) and the Centre for Aquatic Environments. Ian has a strong background with industry and focuses on applied research with core interests in disinfection and advanced oxidation technologies as well as contamination of surface and ground waters.

Ian joined the University of Brighton from Industry where he worked within the water industry for both a water and wastewater company and system design and manufacturer. His industrial technical background is key to both his applied approach to teaching and research.

Ian’s research and consultancy focuses on treatment technologies in which he has a particular focus on Ultraviolet based processes in which his doctorate was focussed upon. In addition to his role at the University of Brighton he is also Co-Vice President in the International Ultraviolet Association in which he focusses on the dissemination and communication of aspects and application of ultraviolet based technology.

Approach to teaching

I enjoy the opportunity to communicate and guide student learning accounting for wide ranging perspectives and methods of learning. My priority in teaching of “preparing students for the modern workplace” is underpinned by applied practical approaches to up to date relevant case material, practical demonstrations and with site visits/field trips. Where possible I try to incorporate an interactive approach with lectures incorporating “blended learning” and where suitable technology to facilitate student interaction and feedback.


Research interests

Increasing global water scarcity is producing numerous challenges to which practical technical solutions need to be developed and validated to ensure water availability at a desired quality. In response to this my research areas although technically diverse focus on treatment technologies for water and wastewater technologies that provide application solutions. My research career to date has focussed on the measurement and quantification of chemical free disinfection systems and design optimisation. More widely this includes the practical research and development into practical mercury alternatives to generating ultraviolet radiation for water treatment. Current research topics include water reuse applications in the UK and assosiated technologies for global application.

Supervisory Interests

I supervise doctoral and MRes students broadly in the field of Water Recycling/Reuse which often have a focus in advancing treatment technology and/or a regulatory focus. A student may well select to focus on wastewater treatment or potable treatment processes whilst gaining a holistic understanding of the water treatment cycle. I enjoy supervising projects which have real-life applications and guiding students to develop research skills that are applicable for their future careers.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Polychromatic Fluence: Calculation and Application in Ultraviolet Reactors for Water Treatment, Imperial College London

1 Oct 201030 Sept 2014

Award Date: 1 Dec 2015

Master, Water and Environmental Management , University of Brighton

1 Oct 200730 Sept 2008

Award Date: 1 Nov 2008

Bachelor, Biological Science, University of Brighton

1 Oct 200430 Sept 2007

Award Date: 1 Oct 2007

External positions

International Ultraviolet Association Co-VP Europe, International Ultraviolet Association

1 Sept 2016 → …


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