Faculty Research

Flowers, Robert 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:00am

Dr. Flowers gave two invited lectures at the recent Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting of the ACS entitled: “Mechanistic Studies of Low-Valent Samarium Reductants” and “Mechanistic Study and Development of Catalytic Electron Transfer Reactions”. He also presented an invited lecture at the 28th Rare Earth Research Conference entitled: “Follow the Thread: Unraveling the Mechanism of Substrate Reduction by Sm(II)-Water Complexes”. He also gave an invited seminar at the University of Ottawa: “Unraveling the Mechanism of Electron Transfer in Reactions of Samarium(II)-based Reductants”.

His group published the following paper this spring:

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


Dr. Flowers received the Hillman Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising and was recognized at the Annual Faculty and Staff Awards dinner. The award recognizes exemplary student advising and assisting students in the development and completion of research related to their degree program. 

The University reserves this award for those who have distinguished themselves through long-term excellence or service to the institution. In nominating Flowers, his students noted that despite numerous responsibilities, he unfailingly supports, guides and makes himself available to them. He helps his students see the big picture importance of their efforts and models the highest levels of ethical responsibility.