Fluorine in Manchester.

Manchester is one of the places for fluorine chemistry

There exists within the University of Manchester an informal network of researchers from various Schools with a mutual interest in fluorine chemistry and with an awareness of each other's research. The Group has a blend of senior and younger staff covering a wide spectrum of academic and industrial experience in a large number of important fluorine-related areas of science and its applications. Each research team pursues its own interests but consult and collaborate when complementary expertise is required. The Fluorine Group is backed up by extensive analytical techniques, notably excellent NMR, mass spectrometry and surface science facilities which are especially valuable in the elucidation of fluorine related problems.

Members of this group include

You can also find information on some recent past members of the fluorine community in Manchester

Our Fluorine Research can be broadly categorised as new methods of introducing fluorine into substrates,

The design of new fluorinating agents

  • New metal-based fluorinating agents
  • New chiral SelectfluorTM analogues

New delivery agents for introducing fluorine-containing groups

  • Reagents for introducing fluoroalkyl groups
  • Synthesis using HFCs
  • Thermal plasmas

New methods for controlled fluorination

  • Site-specific in-situ fluorination of metal complexes
  • Electrochemical fluorination
  • Surface fluorination of textiles and polymers

Fluorine in bioscience.

  • Chiral quaternary fluoride catalysts
  • Fluorine-containing anti-cancer drugs
  • RNA structures from fluorine NMR

No other UK academic institution can match this range of multidisciplinary fluorine chemistry, especially in its application to solving problems of industrial significance.

If you think we can help with any aspects of your fluorine chemistry or technology, please scan the following pages and contact the research scientist who you feel has the expertise to solve your problems. If you are unsure who might be most appropriate to contact, then please use Alan Brisdon as your first port of call.

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Fluorine@Manchester
a long-chain fluorous molecule

Fluorous Separation
David Procter's group use fluorinated long-chain fluorocarbon "fluorous ponytail" tags for facile separation in synthetic work.

Fluorine in Society
A bundle of wires

Wire Coatings
The use of a fluorinated outer coating keeps wires dry and protect them from fire damage.