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.

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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

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CMU Engineering

Carnegie Mellon alumni fund climate adaptation research

Generous commitment from Yeming and Aaron Rankin will support research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Scott Institute.

CMU Engineering

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.

CMU Engineering

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.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Analyzing waste pit contaminants

Professor Greg Lowry is using robots to increase both safety and speed in the remediation process. He is working to develop terrestrial robots that can potentially autonomously explore natural environments, select sample locations, extract samples, and analyze the data online without exposing humans to hazardous conditions.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Nanoparticles for cleaner water

Lowry and his colleagues conducted experiments by incorporating different amounts of sulfur into NZVI particles. They analyzed the resulting SNZVI particles’ properties, including hydrophobicity, electron transfer, and sulfur speciation, and how SNZVI interacted with TCE. “This paper has, for the first time, understood systematically the sulfur content and speciation in the particles,” said Lowry.

CMU Engineering

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.

CMU Engineering

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.