Alan Brisdon's Fluorine Research Group

This is the Home Page of the fluorine research group from the School of Chemistry at The University of Manchester, formerly UMIST. Here you will find details of our research in fluorine chemistry which covers inorganic, organometallic and organofluorine aspects. You will also find information on others with fluorine-related interests, along with details of our facilities and publications.

Fluorine chemistry methodology
The introduction of fluorine and fluorine-containing groups into molecules, using inorganic fluorides, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs, the replacements for CFCs) such as HFC-134a (CF3CH2F) and HFC-245fa (CF3CH2CHF2) and related methods.

Fluorine-containing phosphines
The synthesis of fluoroalkyl, fluoroalkenyl and fluoroalkynyl fluorine-containing phosphines, their properties, coordination complexes, uses and applications.

Fluoro-organometallics
Organofluorine-containing organometallic complexes, their structures and chemistries including catalysis, such as trifluorovinyl and trifluoropropynyl complexes of main-group and transition-metals.

Fluorine-containing materials
The synthesis of fluorine-containing functional materials, such as our work on polymer precursors, fluorographene and room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs).

Spectroscopy and Analysis Tools
Examples and theory behind multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, on-line tools to calculate elemental (microanalysis) figures, 31-P nmr chemical shifts for phosphines, J-coupling patterns, mass spectrometry isotope patterns and our spectroscopy database (19F, 31P and IR)

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Fluorine Group News
The packing diagram of [AuCl{Et2P(CF=CF2)}]

Fluorus domains ...
As quoted in "Fluorous Chemistry" (Current Topics in Chemistry, 308) by systematically varying the fluorinated group in a series of gold fluorophosphine complexes we could probe the generation of fluorous domains in a series of otherwise similar complexes. more...

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Fluorine@Manchester
HFC-134a cylinder, a solvent for enzyme reactions

HFCs for biological transformations
Jason Micklefield's group pioneered the use of HFCs as solvents for enzymatic reactions.

Fluorine in Society
An LCD display

Modern Display Devices
Flat screen TVs & computer LCD displays work efficiently because they contain fluorine-containing compounds.