Thomas Flood

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Environmental Studies


  • Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1/1972
  • B.S. , Trinity College, 1/1967
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1988 –
    • Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1978 – 08/31/1988
    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1972 – 08/31/1978
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Over 35 years Professor Flood researched synthetic and mechanistic organotransition metal chemistry, in an effort to find new ways in which the reactivity of organic molecules is altered in the coordination sphere of metals, and to better understand the mechanisms of new and known organometallic transformations.

    In recent years his interests have turned to chemical education and course development. He is particularly interested in the science education of non-science majors. Introduction to the philosophical bases of the scientific method, issues of environmental chemistry and sources of energy for society are primary areas of emphasis aimed at a broad preparation of informed and critically thinking citizens for the 21st century.

    Research Keywords

    chemical education, environmental chemistry, philosophy of science