Greg Lowry is the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is deputy director of the NSF/EPA Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT), and is on the editorial board for Environmental Science: Nano and Nature: Scientific Data. Lowry holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Davis, an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.
His research focuses on environmental geochemistry, nanochemistry, and environmental nanotechnology. His current professional interests include applications of nanomaterials for sustainable agriculture, robotics for autonomous soil sampling and site characterization, environmental fate and transport of chemicals, groundwater remediation, and environmental issues related to fossil energy.
Lowry is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has published more than 150 scientific articles in leading environmental engineering and science journals, and a book on nanoscale iron particles for groundwater remediation. He has received awards for his research from the American Society of Civil Engineers (Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Award), the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (Malcolm Pirnie/AEESP Frontiers in Research Award), and the American Chemical Society (Best Feature Article in Environmental Science &Technology for 2012). He received the Distinguished Service award from AEESP in 2018, and was awarded the Fenves Award for Systems Research in 2011. He is a “highly cited” scientist (top 1%) in the area of ecology and environment according to Thompson Reuters/Clarivate (2014-2018).
Lowry’s research has been supported by the federal government (National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Research Office, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), with additional grant support from industry. Lowry has served on two NAS panels: Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030 and the Committee to Develop a Research Strategy for Environmental Health and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials. He served as a science advisory board member for the international research Centers, NANOREM and NANOFASE.
Discovering how Nanoparticles Dissolve in Natural Water Environments
Nanoparticles in Complex Environmental Systems
2000 Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
1995 MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin
1992 BS, Chemical Engineering, University of California
Immunizing plants against climate stress with nanoparticles
Professor Greg Lowry has created nanoparticles that can immunize a plant against extreme heat for a 15 day window.
How sustainable is online grocery delivery?
Researchers investigated the impacts of online grocery delivery on energy use, emissions, and traffic congestion.
Carnegie Mellon University
Three Engineering faculty named University Professors
Three College of Engineering faculty members have been elevated to the rank of University Professor, the highest distinction a faculty member can receive at Carnegie Mellon: CEE Head Burcu Akinci, CyLab Director Lorrie Faith Cranor, and CEE’s Greg Lowry.
Lowry among Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers
CEE’s Greg Lowry was listed as one of Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers in the category of Environment and Ecology in the 2022 rankings.
Nanoparticles to immunize plants against heat stress
Greg Lowry and Bob Tilton have created a new type of nanoparticle that may be able to immunize plants against harsh environmental conditions and pathogens.
Lowry’s nanoparticle research featured
CEE’s Greg Lowry’s nanoparticle research was featured in TechCrunch.
The future of pesticides and fertilizers
Greg Lowry has demonstrated for the first time the ability of engineered nanoparticles to target specific structures on plant leaves.
Environmental Science and Technology
Lowry joins Environmental Science & Technology journal
CEE’s Greg Lowry was named executive editor for Environmental Science & Technology journal.
Lowry and team featured in TechCrunch
Research by CEE’s Greg Lowry and his collaborators was featured in TechCrunch. The team has discovered a new method for delivering key nutrients to plant roots. This method would help plants absorb nearly 100% of nutrients and pesticides sprayed onto their leaves.
A new route for plant nutrient delivery
CMU researchers have discovered a way to deliver nanoparticles into plant leaves for efficient delivery to the root, paving the way toward sustainable food production.
Lowry elected 2018 AAAS fellow
Greg Lowry has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his efforts in advancing environmental engineering and the use of nanomaterials.
Water matters to metal nanoparticles
CMU researchers make breakthrough discovery that gold nanoparticles can dissolve when they interact with freshwater aquatic plants—instead of remaining stable as commonly thought.