Fluorine Chemistry Research

The main interest of Alan Brisdon's research group concerns the chemistry of fluorine and its compounds.

Fluorine Chemistry underpins all of our research work

Fluorine is one of the most reactive elements in the periodic table yet some of its compounds are the most stable and least reactive! Others are even more reactive than fluorine itself! It is the ability of fluorine to drastically alter the steric and electronic properties of its compounds that fascinates us.

Compounds of fluorine find applications in almost all areas of modern life. From fluoride in modern toothpaste to the many different fluorinated plastics and materials, including polytetrafluoroethene, PTFE (tradename Teflon) which is the inert plastic used in "non-stick" pans. Very many modern pharmaceutical compounds (anti-cancer, antibiotics, anti-malerial etc) include fluorine, or fluorinated groups. Fluorine is also heavily involved in environmental chemistry, for example the generation of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) has resulted in the rapid phaseout of their ozone-depleting cousins, CFCs.

Research Overview
Our research crosses the traditional inorganic and organic borders, some of it is curiousity driven and some has industrially relevance. Our main areas of research include the chemistry of HFCs, fluorophosphines, organofluorine compounds of main-group and transition metal elements applications of fluorinated materials, such as ionic liquids and fluorographene, and spectroscopy.

Publications
We have published in areas ranging from CFC-related compounds, HFCs, organofluorine chemistry, fluorovinyls, fluoroalkynes, N-F compounds, fluorine-containing phosphorus ligands, fluoro-organometallic systems, metal-based catalysis, high-oxidation metal fluorides, coordination chemistry and ionic liquids.

Research Facilities
Details about the School of Chemistry and our laboratory facilities.

Research Tools
Software to calculate 31P NMR chemical shifts, mass spec patterns and elemental analysis figures. Also access our database of fluorine-containing compound information.

The group, past & present
Details of current and former final year project students, MSc, PhD researchers and visiting academics. Also how to join us.

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

Going for Gold ...
Weak gold..gold (aurophilic) interactions were probed in a series of gold fluorophosphine complexes. In many cases other interactions were more important than aurophilicity more...

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Fluorine@Manchester
HFC-134a cylinder

HFCs in Fluorine Chemistry
Alan Brisdon's Fluorine Chemistry group have pioneered the chemistry of HFCs (CFC replacements) for generating trifluorovinyl and trifluoropropynyl reagents.

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.