Dr Roy Lowry

Dr Roy Lowry

Associate Professor (Teaching Fellow)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



Initial education at Isleworth Grammar School, West London

BSc Chemistry - University of Southampton

PhD "A Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Study of the Electrode/electrolyte Interface" - University of Southampton

Industrial Experience

British Gas: London Research Station

Chemical Plant and Processes Section

I was responsible for research into an H2S removal process called the Stretford Process. This used a mixture of organic and inorganic redox catalysts to remove H2S from coke oven or hydrothermal gas streams and convert it to elemental sulphur. Techniques included ion chromatography, HPLC, UV/vis spectroscopy and stopped flow apparatus together with bench scale batch processes. Also, laboratory automation and QA functions together with diagnosis of large scale plant problems via the analysis of process liquors.

Manager of the QA function for six months.

I have also undertaken consultancy work relating to large/medium scale plant, particularly advising on problems associated with process water.

Professional membership

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry(RSC): CChem MRSC

Committee member of the Tertiary Education Group of the RSC

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching interests

At university level, I am interested in e-learning, assessment and the link between the two.  I am a constant innovator and use on-line assessment as both a learning tool and a method of gaining marks.

I also have interests in the both the public understanding and perception of science.  Hence, I regularly perform demonstration lectures and am part of the Royal Institution's Science Events for Schools programme.  I have been a scientific advisor for TV and have done numerous radio, TV and newspaper interviews.  I have been a British Association Media Fellow (1999) and organise schools events at the university such as the Salter's Festival of Chemistry.

I am a former holder of the Guinness World Record(TM) for the most firework rockets launched in 30 seconds.  The record-breaking event was part of the UK Firework Championships held in Plymouth on 15/16August 2006.  Video clips of the event are available via YouTube.