Robert Flowers is a native of Easton, Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in Chemistry at East Stroudsburg University and a Ph.D. at Lehigh University. Flowers carried out postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Ned Arnett at Duke University where he worked on developing calorimetric and electrochemical methods for the determination of the heterolytic and homolytic bond dissociation energies of molecules and the thermochemistry of the mechanism of action of vitamin K in collaboration with Paul Dowd at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1994 he moved to the University of Toledo. In 2001, he moved to Texas Tech University and in 2004, moved to Lehigh University as Chair of the Department of Chemistry. He was appointed to the Danser Distinguished Faculty Chair in Chemistry at Lehigh University in 2008. He has given over 50 invited US and international lectures on his research. Professor Flowers' research group is interested in a wide range of problems including: mechanistic analysis and synthetic development of Sm(II) and Ce(IV) reagents, calorimetric analysis of protein-ligand interactions, ion transport and molecular recognition, and the development of novel protein renaturation reagents.
Biography Updated on 11 January 2009