Professor Eric Banks
Department of Chemistry
Eric Banks has had a long and distinguished career in fluorine chemistry at UMIST. He has now retired but he continues as a valued mentor to its members providing help and advice.
Perhaps one of his greatest achievement of recent years has been the development of the triethylenediamine based electrophilic fluorinating reagents, one of which is manufactured on an industrial scale by Air Products and Chemicals Inc. under the trade name "Selectfluor" TM.
For the discovery and subsequent development of Selectfluor (F-TEDA-BF4) Eric, and Air Products, received an R&D 100 prize in the USA for developing such a technologically-important product. These days Selectfluor-chemistry is the basis of some of the biggest modern pharmaceutical products on the market!
An avid reader and writer, Eric wrote or edited over 300 pieces of fluorine-related work, including 12 books and 33 patents, he trained over 100 research students, some of which still work in fluorine chemistry, either academically or in business.