About Bob Flowers




Bob Flowers was born in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1964. He received his B.S. in chemistry from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1986. After taking time off from school, he was admitted to Lehigh University in 1987 and received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1991 working with John Larsen on single electron transfer reactions in coal. After graduating from Lehigh, he moved to Duke University as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Ned Arnett where he worked on several projects including: 1) calorimetric and electrochemical studies of the heterolysis and homolysis energies of C-C and C-heteroatom bonds and their associated radical ions, and, 2) thermochemical studies of the oxygenation of vitamin K. In 1994, Bob moved to his first independent position as an assistant Professor at the University of Toledo. He received tenure and was promoted to associate Professor in 2000. In 2001, he moved to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Texas Tech University and was promoted to Professor in 2003. In early 2004, he moved to the Department of Chemistry at Lehigh University as Department chair. In 2008 he was appointed the Danser Distinguished Faculty Chair in Chemistry. Bob recently returned from a visiting faculty appointment in the School of Chemistry at the University of Manchester where he worked with Professor David Procter.



Bob’s research group is interested in the mechanistic analysis and development of samarium(II) and cerium(IV) reagents, calorimetric analysis of protein-ligand interactions, ion transport and molecular recognition, and the development of novel protein renaturation reagents. He has published nearly 80 papers, two book chapters, and recently was a coauthor (with David Procter and Troels Skrydstrup) on a book entitled: Organic Synthesis Using Samarium Diiodide. He recently served as a co-guest editor with David Procter of a special issue of Tetrahedron devoted to Electron Transfer Reagents in Organic Synthesis. He has given over 50 invited US and international lectures at Universities and professional meetings.



In his free time, Bob enjoys hiking, working out, playing guitar and banjo, and most importantly, spending time with his wife and 2 sons.