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
Nanoparticles to immunize plants against heat stress
CEE’s Greg Lowry and ChemE’s 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
CEE’s 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
CEE 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
CEE’s 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
CEE researchers make breakthrough discovery that gold nanoparticles can dissolve when they interact with freshwater aquatic plants—instead of remaining stable as commonly thought.
The future of agriculture is science
CEE Professor Greg Lowry works on NAS committee to identify science breakthroughs for sustainable and resilient agriculture.
Lowry quoted on fertilizer runoff
CEE’s Gregory Lowry was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about methods to prevent fertilizer runoff and the environmental impacts thereof to consider.
NanoFARM: Using nanoparticles to grow food
The answer to the growing, worldwide food production problem may have a tiny solution—nanoparticles.
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