Greg Lowry-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Greg Lowry

Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: 123E Porter Hall
Phone: 412-268-2948
Fax: 412-268-7813

Research Group: EESS 
Research Center: CEINT

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Greg Lowry is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality with specialization in environmental nanotechnology, geochemistry, contaminant fate, and remediation.  He is the Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT). CEINT aims to better understand the behavior and effects of engineered nanomaterials in complex environmental systems.  Professor Lowry is a member of the National Research Council's committee to develop a research strategy for environmental health and safety aspects of engineered nanomaterials.  He currently serves on the advisory board for the Duke Superfund Basic Research Center, NanoRem and NanoEau II (EC projects).


Ph.D. 2000, Stanford University
M.S. 1995, University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.S. 1992, University of California, Davis

Areas of Interest

Environmental nanotechnology, energy and environment, and environmental remediation. Specific areas of interest include characterizing and modeling biogeochemical transformations of nanoparticles, interactions of nanoparticles with organic macromolecules, nanoparticle reactivity, fate of organic contaminants in CO2 sequestration and hydraulic fracturing environments, developing and testing groundwater and soil remediation technologies.

Selected Publications

Environmental Nanotechnology

  • Ma, Rui, Levard, Clement, Michel, F.M., Brown, Jr., Gordon, E., Lowry, G.V. (2013) "Sulfidation Mechanism for Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles and the Effect of Sulfidation on Their Solubility," Environ. Sci. Technol., 47(6): 2527–2534.
  • Louie, S., Tilton, R.D., Lowry, G.V. (2013) "Molar mass distribution of natural organic matter determines gold nanoparticle stability against aggregation," Environ. Sci. Technol., 47(9): 4245–4254.
  • Lowry, G.V., Gregory, K.B., Apte, S., Lead, J.R. (2012) "Environmental Transformations of Nanomaterials," Environ. Sci. Technol., 46(13): 6893−6899.
  • Li, Z., Greden, K., Alvarez, P., Gregory, K., Lowry, G.V. (2010) "Adsorbed polymer and NOM limits adhesion and toxicity of nano scale zero-valent iron (NZVI) to E. coli," Environ Sci. Technol., 44(9): 3462-346.

Energy & Environment

  • Sun, M., Lowry, G., Gregory, K. (2013) "Selective oxidation of bromide in brines from hydraulic fracturing sites," Water Research, 47(11): 3723-3731.
  • Burant, A., Lowry, G.V., Karamalidis, A. (2013) "Partitioning Behavior of Organic Contaminants in Carbon Sequestration Environments: A Critical Review," Environ. Sci. Technol. 47(1): 37–54.
  • Stolaroff, J.K., Keith, D.W., Lowry, G.V. (2008) “Carbon dioxide capture from atmospheric air using sodium hydroxide spray,” Environ. Sci. Technol. 42(8): 2728-2735.
  • Kutchko, B., Strazisar, B., Dzombak, D., Lowry, G., Thaulow, N. (2007) “Degradation of Wellbore Cement by CO2 under Geologic Sequestration Conditions,” Environ. Sci. Technol., 41 (13): 4787-4792.

Environmental Remediation

  • Kim, H-J., Phenrat, T., Tilton, R.D., Lowry, G.V. (2012) "Clay Fines and pH Affect Aggregation, Deposition and Transport of Zero Valent Iron Nanoparticles in Heterogeneous Porous Media," J. Colloid Interface Sci., 370: 1-10.
  • Phenrat, T., Cihan, A., Kim, H-J., Mital, M., Illangasekare, T., Lowry, G.V. (2010) "Transport and Deposition of Polymer-modified Fe0 Nanoparticles in 2-D Heterogeneous Porous Media: Effects of Particle Concentration, Fe0 Content, and Coatings," Environ. Sci. Technol., 44: 9086–9093.
  • Saleh, N., Kim, H-J., Matyjaszewski, K., Tilton, R.D., Lowry, G.V. (2008) "Ionic Strength and Composition affect the mobility of surface-modified NZVI in water-saturated sand columns," Environ. Sci. Technol., 42(9): 3349-3355.
  • McDonough, K., Fairey, J., Lowry, G.V. (2008) "Adsorption of polychlorinated biphenyls to activated carbon: equilibrium isotherms and a preliminary assessment of the effect of dissolved organic matter and biofilm loadings," Water Research, 42(3): 575-584.
  • Liu, Y., Phenrat, T., Lowry, G.V. (2007) "Effect of TCE concentration and dissolved groundwater solutes on NZVI-promoted TCE dechlorination and H2 evolution," Environ. Sci. Technol., 41(22): 7881-7887.

Recent Awards

  • 2013: awarded the 2012 Best Feature Article in Environmental Science & Technology Journal with Kelvin Gregory.
  • 2011: received the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research, presented to individuals for their contributions to systems research in areas that are relevant to the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES).
  • 2010, 2011, 2012: Carnegie Science Award, Honorable Mention-Environmental
  • 2009: received the ASCE Walter L. Huber Prize, given for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering, with preference given to younger ASCE members of early accomplishment.
  • 2009: received the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Malcolm Pirnie/AEESP Frontiers in Research Award.