Prof. Gregory V. LOWRY, Ph.D.

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Specialization: Environmental Nanotechnology

Position: Deputy Director of Centre for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIT), Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

As an university professor Dr. Lowry teaches environmental Engineering, Water Quality Engineering, Environmental Fate and Transport of Organic Compounds in Aquatic Systems, Environmental Nanotechnology, and Environmental Sampling and Sample Characterization.


At the NANOCON 2013 conference Gregory Lowry will present a lecture at the Plenary Session.

His research interests include mineral-organic macromolecule-water interfacial processes, and transport and reaction in porous media, with a focus on the fundamental physical/geochemical processes affecting the fate of engineered nanomaterials and organic contaminants in the environment. He is also investigating the processes affecting the permanence of CO2 injected underground for carbon sequestration.

He is an experimentalist assessing the potential environmental health and safety issues surrounding the development and application of nanotehcnologies, and is developing novel environmental technologies for restoring contaminated sediments and groundwater.

Ph.D. 2000, Stanford University, M.S. 1995, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Civil-Environmental Engineering, B.S. 1992 University of California, Davis CA Chemical Engineering

Select Publications:
  • Louie, Stacey, Tanapon Phenrat, Mitchell Small, Robert Tilton, and Gregory V. Lowry (2012). Parameter identifiability in application of soft particle electrokinetic theory to determine polymer and polyelectrolyte coating thicknesses on colloids. Langmuir. 28 (28) 10334–10347
  • Lowry, G. V., Gregory, K. B., Apte, S., Lead, J. R.  (2012).  Environmental Transformations of Nanomaterials.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 46 (13) 6893−6899.
  • Ma, Rui, Clement Levard, Stella Marinakos, Yingwen Chen, Jie Liu, Gordon E Brown Jr., Gregory V. Lowry (2012). Size controlled dissolution of silver nanoparticles. Environ Sci. Technol. 46 (2) 752–759
  • Auffan Mélanie, Rose Jérôme, Bottero Jean-Yves, Gregory V. Lowry, Jolivet Jean-Pierre, Wiesner, Mark R.  Towards a definition of nanoparticles based on novel size-dependent properties (2009).  Nature Nanotechnology 3(4)  634-641.
  • Phenrat, Tanapon, Fritjof Fagerlund, Tissa Illangasekare, , Gregory V. Lowry, Robert D. Tilton. (2011). Polymer-modified Fe0 Nanoparticles Target NAPL Source Zones in Two Dimensional Porous Media: Effect of Particle Concentration, NAPL Saturation, and Delivery Strategy. Environ. Sci. Technol.45 (14) 6102-6109