Carnegie Mellon University

Greg Lowry

Greg Lowry

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

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


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


Research Group: EESS 
Research Center: CEINT

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.


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.

Greg Lowry: Nanoparticles in Complex Environmental Systems

How can we mediate the effects of nanomaterials in the environment? Greg Lowry, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, discusses this question.