Fluorine Chemistry Research

This is the Home Page of the fluorine research group in the School of Chemistry at The University of Manchester, formerly UMIST.

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 toothpaste to the many different fluorinated plastics and materials, from polytetrafluoroethene, PTFE (tradename Teflon) in "non-stick" pans to Gortex coats. Many modern pharmaceutical compounds (anti-cancer, antibiotics, anti-malerial etc) include fluorine, or fluorinated groups. The generation of the small organo-fluorine hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) resulted in the rapid phaseout of their ozone-depleting cousins, CFCs.

Our research crosses the traditional inorganic and organic borders, some of it is curiousity driven and some has industrial 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. Our Research Overview page provides a summary of all of these areas, while links are provided below for individual topics.

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 compounds of main-group and transition metal elements, their structures and chemistries including catalysis, such as trifluorovinyl and trifluoropropynyl complexes.

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

Publications
Full publication lists with links to the original papers, and downloadable ESI and open access data.

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 fragment patterns and our spectroscopy database (19F, 31P and IR)

The group, past & present
Details of current and former final year project students, MSc, PhD researchers and visiting academics. Also how to join us or find possible funding and the research facilities available.

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Fluorine News
the fluoroalkyl phosphine Ph2PC3F7

Ph2P(i-C3F7)
We reported (Chem. Commun. 2009, 6658) the first generic route to fluoroalkyl-containing phosphines. more ...

Fluorine
A non-stick frying pan

Non-stick coatings
Non-stick fluorinated plastics, such as Teflon(TM) are found in pans and the roof of the Millenium dome!

Fluorine Group News
Fluorine and Carbon standing infront of the transition metals

Fluorine in Organometallic Chemistry
As invited authors in the fluorine in organometallic chemistry special issue of the ACS flagship journal Organometallics we report the synthesis of perfluoropropenyl organometallic species and their use in catalysis. 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
A pharmaceutical capsule

Modern Drugs
Many new, modern drugs contain fluorinated groups, these include anaesthetics, antibiotics and anticancer drugs.