Dr Lawrence Ngeh is a Senior Lecturer with the College of Engineering & Science. He commenced his career at Western Institute in 1989. Currently, he is teaching general (mainly first year) analytical and forensic Chemistry in the Specialisation degree program, which offers general, analytical, organic, medical and forensic Chemistry subjects.

In 1997 Lawrence established a research collaboration with Phillip Island Nature Park (PINP). In 2013 the work of this partnership between Victoria University and PINP was recognised wth The Banksia Foundation's Business and Not-for-Profits - In Collaboration Award for 'Magic Wand' Oiled Penguin Recovery Technology.

In 2010, a collaborative research venture was established with the School of Art and Design at Monash University and PINP to develop a portable 'magnetic harvesting' device to provide a 'Quick Wash' of contaminated wildlife in the field. The results are promising. Collaborative research has also been established with City West Water and the National Measurement Institute.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Bigger, Stephen W and Munaweera, Kasup and Ngeh, Lawrence and Dann, Peter and Orbell, John (2013). Mathematical Model for Sequential Pick-up of chemical contaminants by magnetic particles. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 139 (6). pp. 796-802.

Ngeh, Lawrence, John Orbell, Stephen Bigger, Kasup Munaweeraand Peter Dann (2012). 'Magnetic cleansing' for the provision of a quick clean to oiled wildlife. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. 72: 1091-1093.

Shu Sun, Hong Xu and Lawrence Ngeh (2012). The Evaluation of Chinese Therapeutic Food for the Treatment of Moderate Dyslipidemia," Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Munaweera**, Kasup, Lawrence Ngeh, Stephen Bigger, Peter Dann* and John Orbell (2012). Towards a Rational choice of Pre-treatment Agents for the Cleansing of Oiled Wildlife in Proceedings of Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference.

Stephen W. Bigger, Lawrence N. Ngeh and John. D. Orbell, (2010). A Mathematical Model for the Sequestering of Chemical Contaminants by Magnetic Particles, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 136, pp. 1255-1259.

Conference presentations

L. N. Ngeh, K. Munaweera, S.W. Bigger, J. D. Orbell and P. Dann (2012). 'Magnetic cleansing' for the provision of a quick clean to oiled wildlife, International Conference on wildlife rehabilitation, Phuket, Thailand. 

J. D. Orbell,  K. Munaweera, L. N. Ngeh, S.W. Bigger and P. Dann (2012). Towards a rational choice of pre-treatment agents for the cleansing of oiled wildlife,  Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference, Townsville.

L. N. Ngeh, K. Munaweera, O. Le, S.W. Bigger, J. D. Orbell, R. Jessop and P. Dann (2010). An assessment of the relative effectiveness of olive oil, methyl oleate and methyl soyate as pre-treatment agents for the rehabilitation of oiled birds, Oamaru Penguin Symposium, Kingsgate Hotel Brydone, Oamaru, N. Z., 24-25.

L. N. Ngeh, H.V. Dao, S.W. Bigger, J. D. Orbell (2007). A Quantitative assay for Relative Pre-conditioner Effectiveness in Wildlife Rehabilitation,  The 9th International Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference, Monterey, California, 25-29 June, 2007.

L. N. Ngeh, H.V. Dao, S.W. Bigger, J. D. Orbell (2007). A Quantitative assay for Relative Pre-conditioner Effectiveness in Wildlife Rehabilitation,  Oamaru Penguin Symposium, Kingsgate Hotel Brydone, Oamaru, N. Z., 24-25.

View Lawrence's publications in the Victoria University Institutional Repository.

Teaching responsibilities

RCS1110: Chemistry for Biological Sciences A

RCS1120: Chemistry for Biological Sciences B

Postgraduate research students and fellows

Completions 

2 Master students (1 supervisory role, I co-supervisory role), 1 PhD student (co-supervisory role).

Research grants

  • 2009: $213,190, Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant
  • 2008: $5,000, Penguin Foundation, Philip Island Nature Park (PINP)
  • 2007: $57,273, Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Professional memberships

  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Industry experience

Collaborative research with Phillip Island Nature Park (PINP), Monash University, City West Water and National Measurement Institute (NMI).

Appearances in the media

Lawrence and other colleagues demonstrated the magnetic cleansing of oiled feathers at PINP in the presence of The Shadow Federal Minister of the Environment Greg Hunt and media organisations including the ABC and Channel 9 in May 2013.

Portfolios

Dr Lawrence Ngeh is a Senior Lecturer with the College of Engineering & Science. He teaches general (mainly first year) analytical and forensic Chemistry in the Specialisation degree program.

Areas of expertise

  • Analysis and evaluation of Chinese herbs for the potential treatment of some medical conditions
  • Analysis of pesticides and trace metals in soil
  • Gas chromatography
  • The development of magnetic particle technology for application to environmental remediation
  • water and food

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