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Scholarly biography

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.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Imperial College London

1 Oct 201030 Sep 2014

Master, University of Brighton

1 Oct 200730 Sep 2008

Bachelor, University of Brighton

1 Oct 200430 Sep 2007

External positions

International Ultraviolet Association Co-VP Europe, International Ultraviolet Association

1 Sep 2016 → …


  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • T201 Patents. Trademarks
  • QH301 Biology
  • QR355 Virology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Ian Mayor-Smith is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

ultraviolet radiation Earth & Environmental Sciences
water availability Earth & Environmental Sciences
disinfection Earth & Environmental Sciences
research and development Earth & Environmental Sciences
water treatment Earth & Environmental Sciences
wastewater Earth & Environmental Sciences
water Earth & Environmental Sciences
mercury Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2019

Shedding Light on High Power Mercury Free Sources for Ultraviolet Disinfection

Ropic, P., Jin, Q., Simon, C., Kling, R., Eggers, J., Schoen, K-H., Schwarzenberger, T. & Mayor-Smith, I., 13 Feb 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearch

Bridging the Atlantic Divide Part II: UVDGM goes to Europe

Heath, M., Wright, H., Brooks, T., Eggers, J., Schwarzenberger, T., Schon, K-H., Mayor-Smith, I. & Ropic, P., 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearch

Mercury-free uv gas discharge lamp

Mayor-Smith, I., 2017, Patent No. GB201609447D0

Research output: PatentResearch

Activities 2007 2019

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 2 Membership of professional body
  • 2 Personal board membership of professional/academic bodies
  • 1 Invited talk

Fundamental Measurement of Ultraviolet Radiation: Part 2 – Investigating Next Generation Measurement Methods

Ian Mayor-Smith (Presenter)
14 Feb 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

IUVA World Congress 2019

Paul Ropic (Presenter), Qiahao Jin (Presenter), Christoph Simon (Presenter), Rainer Kling (Presenter), Jutta Eggers (Presenter), Karl-Heinz Schoen (Presenter), Tim Schwarzenberger (Presenter), Ian Mayor-Smith (Presenter)
13 Feb 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

UV-AOP for emerging applications in the UK

Ian Mayor-Smith (Presenter)
10 Feb 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Environment and Public Health Research and Enterprise Group (Organisational unit)

Ian Mayor-Smith (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesPersonal board membership of professional/academic bodies