Dr Roy Lowry

Dr Roy Lowry

Associate Professor (Teaching Fellow)

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

Dr Roy Lowry can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Chemistry
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Fireworks
  • Popular science
  • Energy (gas, electricity, batteries)
  • Electrochemistry


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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 Higher 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.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Li B, Pan G, Avent ND, Lowry RB, Madgett TE & Waines PL (2015) 'Graphene electrode modified with electrochemically reduced graphene oxide for label-free DNA detection' Biosensors and Bioelectronics 72, 313-319 , DOI Open access
Lowry RB (2005) 'Computer Aided Self Assessment - an Effective Tool' Chemistry Education Research and Practice 6(4), 198-203
Lowry RB (2004) 'Essential Molecular Orbital Theory for the Study of Pyrotechnics' J. Pyro 19, 32-36
Lowry RB, Williams CE & Braven J (2004) 'Initial studies of an immobilised, regenerable chemiluminescent sensor' Talanta 63, (4) 961-966
Lowry RB, Williams CE & Braven J (2001) 'Novel synthesis and characterisation of ruthenium tris (4-methyl-4'-vinyl-2,2'bipyridine) complexes' Inorg Chim Acta 315, 112-119
Williams CE, Lowry BB, Braven J & Belt ST (2001) 'Novel synthesis and characterisation of ruthenium tris (4- methyl-4 '-vinyl-2,2 '-bipyridine) complexes' Inorganica Chimica Acta 315, (1) 112-119
Lowry RB (1999) 'You can't see the join - combining techniques to achieve realism' New Academic 8, (2) 3-5
Atkins MJ, Harwood DJ & Lowry RB (1996) 'Synthesis and characterisation of a novel ruthenium organometallic cis-[Ru(bpy)(2)(npp)(Cl)]center dot BF4 where bpy=2,2'-bipyridyl and npp=4-(N-pyrrolyl)pyridine' INORGANICA CHIMICA ACTA 244, (2) 277-280 , DOI
Lowry RB, Heath D, Moffatt B & Rowland S (1995) 'Quantification of the C30+ fraction of North Sea gas-condensates by high temperature capillary gas chromatography' Anal Proc 32, 485-487
Newbury AL, Lowry RB & Short D (1995) 'The use of low resolution NMR to monitor the extent of cure in an epoxy resin system' ADVANCED COMPOSITES LETTERS 4, (6) 189-193
Lowry RB (1993) 'Electronic presentation of lectures - effect upon student performance' U Chem Ed 3, (1) 18-21
Lowry RB (1991) 'SERS and fourier transform SERS studies of the hexacyanoferrate(III)-hexacyanoferrate(II) couple on gold electrode surfaces' J Raman Spec 22, 805-809
Lowry RB, Campbell SA, Newmark RD & Peter LM (1989) '207Pb NMR and Raman spectroscopy of lead ethanoate and lead perchlorate in aqueous solution' Chem. Phys. Lett 155, (1) 89-93
Lowry RB, Musiani MM, Mengoli M & Fleischmann M (1987) 'An electrochemical and SERS investigation of the influence of pH on the effectiveness of some corrosion inhibitors of copper' J. Electoranal. Chem. 217, 187-202