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Research interests

I am the departmental Placements Tutor for Chemistry and the Director of Undergraduate Laboratory Teaching. I lecture in Organic Chemistry and Drug Discovery. My Postdoctoral research focussed on the synthesis of fluorescent and electrochemical sensors for biomedical applications with industrial partners for uses such DNA detection and blood sugar level monitoring and this has shaped my interests in the application of synthetic organic chemistry to healthcare challenges.

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Research Interests

My current research interests are in the areas of novel anti-MRSA drugs and targetted anti-cancer drugs that utilise reversible cyclisation to become activated in the tumor cell. My other area of interest is in the development of new tunable fluorophores with orthogonal sites of attachment to biological targets.


  • QD Chemistry
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry
  • Sensors
  • Sensing
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Boronic Acids
  • Curcumin
  • Fluorescence Sensors
  • Saccharides
  • Sugars

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Research Output

Analysis of Protein Glycation Using Phenylboronate Acrylamide Gel Electrophoresis

Pereira Morais, M., Munir, O. K., Flower, S., Williams, R. J., James, T. & Van Den Elsen, J., 14 Nov 2018, Electrophoretic Separation of Proteins: Methods and Protocols. T. Kurien, B. & Hal Scofield, R. (eds.). New York, U. S. A.: Humana Press, p. 161-175 (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 1855).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Behavior of Supramolecular Assemblies of Radiometal-Filled and Fluorescent Carbon Nanocapsules In Vitro and In Vivo

Ge, H., Riss, P. J., Mirabello, V., Calatayud, D. G., Flower, S. E., Arrowsmith, R. L., Fryer, T. D., Hong, Y., Sawiak, S., Jacobs, R. M. J., Botchway, S. W., Tyrrell, R. M., James, T. D., Fossey, J. S., Dilworth, J. R., Aigbirhio, F. I. & Pascu, S. I., 14 Sep 2017, In : Chem. 3, 3, p. 437-460 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    11 Downloads (Pure)

    Reaction-based Indicator displacement Assay (RIA) for the selective colorimetric and fluorometric detection of peroxynitrite

    Sun, X., Lacina, K., Ramsamy, E. C., Flower, S. E., Fossey, J. S., Qian, X., Anslyn, E. V., Bull, S. D. & James, T. D., 1 May 2015, In : Chemical Science. 6, 5, p. 2963-2967 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    64 Citations (Scopus)
    40 Downloads (Pure)

    An enzyme-less bis-boronic acid modified electrode for glucose sensing in human blood serum

    Regan, E. M., Flower, S. E., Wang, H-C., Fossey, J. S., James, T. D. & Estrela, P., 2014, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • A water-soluble boronate-based fluorescent probe for the selective detection of peroxynitrite and imaging in living cells

    Sun, X., Xu, Q., Kim, G., Flower, S. E., Lowe, J., Yoon, J., Fossey, J. S., Qian, X., Bull, S. D. & James, T. D., 1 Sep 2014, In : Chemical Science. 5, 9, p. 3368-3373 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 150 Citations (Scopus)
    57 Downloads (Pure)


    Lewis Acid Mediated Reactions of Olefins with Carbonyls

    Author: Flower, S., 11 Dec 2002

    Supervisor: Willis, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD