Dr. Lowry is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches Environmental Engineering, Water Quality Engineering, Environmental Fate and Transport of Organic Compounds in Aquatic Systems, Environmental Nanotechnology, and Environmental Sampling and Sample Characterization.
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 working on a variety of fundamental and application-oriented research projects developing novel environmental technologies for restoring contaminated sediments and groundwater. His current projects include in situ sediment management using innovative sediment caps, DNAPL source zone remediation through delivery of reactive nanoparticles to the NAPL-water interface, and CO2 capture, sequestration, and monitoring.