Alan Brisdon obtained his BSc(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Southampton, he remained at Southampton for his PhD involving the generation and spectroscopic characterisation of high-oxidation state main-group compounds. He worked for one year on a UKAEA (Winfrith) funded project concerned with the design, construction and testing of systems for sampling directly from a reaction chamber at or above atmospheric pressures and at high temperatures.
He was a postdoc at the University of Leicester on a SERC/EPSRC funded project concerning the synthesis of high oxidation-state transition metal fluorides and oxide-fluorides via high pressure and liquid fluorine syntheses. Characterisation of these systems included the application of EXAFS spectroscopy. Subsequently he worked on the fluorination of the fullerenes, C60and C70.
He obtained an academic position at UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, with special interests in fluorine chemistry. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and a member of the Inorganic Chemistry Group within the School of Chemistry at the University of Manchester, following the merger of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST in 2004.
Alan's main research interests are in fluorine chemistry. Current research involves the chemistry of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), fluorine-containing organometallic systems, fluorophosphines and fluorine-containing materials, such as ionic liquids and fluorographenes. He is a highly regarded member of the international fluorine chemistry community; he was until recently the editor ofChemistry Innovation's Fluorum Bulletin, a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and American Chemical Society Fluorine Subject groups, the EPSRC College and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry. He provides consultancy to a number of companies on fluorine chemistry and spectroscopy and has acted as an expert witness in these areas in the high court.
Currently, Alan is the Director of Teaching and Learning, with overall responsibility for all the teaching and learning activities within the School of Chemistry.