Robert Flowers

Robert Flowers
Deputy Provost for Faculty Affairs
Danser Distinguished Faculty Chair
Seeley G. Mudd, Room 796
(610) 758-4048


Research Interests:
Mechanistic studies of single electron transfer and proton-coupled electron transfer, rare earth chemistry, organometallic reaction mechanisms, calorimetry, applications of back-scattering interferometry for the study molecular recognition in nonaqueous media.

Selected Recent Publications:

"The Reversibility of Ketone Reduction by SmI2-Water" Chiuck, T.V.; Anderson, W.R.; Flowers, R.A., II Organometallics 2017, (in press)

"Catalytic Carbonyl Hydrosilylations via a Titanocene Borohydride-PMHS Reagent System" Fianu, G. D.; Schipper, K. C.; Flowers, R. A. II Catal. Sci. Technol. 2017, 7, 3469-3473.

"Secondary Amides as Hydrogen Atom Transfer Promoters for Reactions of Samarium Diiodide" Chiuck, T.V.; Li, A. M.; Vazquez-Lopez, A.; Anderson, W.R.; Flowers, R.A., II Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 290-293.

“Proton-Coupled Electron-Transfer in the Reduction of Carbonyls by SmI2-Water Complexes” Chiuck, T.V.; Anderson, W.R.; Flowers, R.A., II J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8738-8741.

“ADAM17 Inhibitors Attenuate Corneal Epithelial Detachment Induced by Mustard Exposure” DeSantis-Rodrigues, A.; Chang, Y.C.; Hahn, R.A.; Po, I.P.; Zhou, P.; Lacey, C.J.; Pillai, A.; Young, S.C.; Flowers, R.A., II; Gallo. M.A.; Laskin, J.D.; Gerecke, D.R.; Svoboda, K.K.H.; Heindel, N.D.; Gordon, M.K. IOVS, 2016, 57, 1687-1698.

"High Affinity Proton Donors Promote Proton-Coupled Electron-Transfer Samarium Diiodide" Chiuck, T.V.; Anderson, W.R.; Flowers, R.A., II Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6033-6036.

"Highly Active Titanocene Catalysts for Epoxide Hydrosilylation - Synthesis, Theory, Kinetics, EPR" Henriques, D.S.G.; Klare, S.; Zimmer, K.; Meyer, A.; Rojo-Wiechel, E.; Bauer, M.; Sure, R.; Grimme, S.; Schiemann, O.; Flowers, R.A., II; Gansauer, A. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016 55, 7671-7675.

"The Origin and Prediction of Free-Solution Interaction Studies Performed Label-Free" Bornhop, D.J.; Kammer, M.N.; Kussrow, A.; Flowers, R.A., II; Meiler, J. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 2016, 113, E1595-E1604.

"The Role of Solvents and Additives in Reactions of Samarium Diiodide and Related Reductants" Chciuk, T.V.; Flowers, R.A., II in Science of Synthesis, Marek, I., Ed.; Georg Thieme Verlag KG: Stuttgart.  Book Chapter in press.

"Tuning the Redox Properties of the Titanocene(III)/(IV)-Couple for Catalysis in Single Electron Steps"  Gansauer, A.; Hildebrandt, S.; Vogelsang, E.; Flowers, R.A., II Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 448-452.  Invited Frontier article.

“Proton Coupled Electron Transfer in Reductions of Arenes by SmI2-Water Complexes” Chiuck, T.V.; Flowers, R.A., II J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 11526-11531.

“The Mechanism of Silver-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Fluorination” Patel, N.R.; Flowers, R.A., II J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 5834-5841.

“Titanocenium(III) Complexes for Catalysis in Single Electron Steps” Gansäuer, A.; Hildebrandt, S.; Michelmann, Dahmen, T.; von Laufenberg, D.; Fianu, G.D.; Flowers, R.A., II Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 7003-7006.

“Mechanistic Study of the Samarium Diiodide - N,N-dimethyl-2-aminoethanol Reducing System” Chciuk, T.V.; Boland, B.P.; Flowers, R.A., II Tetrahedron Letters 2015, 56, 3212-3215. (Invited article for a special issue in honor of Professor Harry Wasserman).