Alan Brisdon obtained his BSc(Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Southampton, he undertook research in the generation and spectroscopic characterisation of high-oxidation state main-group compounds, also at Southampton, and obtained his PhD in 1988. He worked for one year on a UKAEA (Winfrith) funded project concerned with the design, construction and testing of system for sampling directly from a reaction chamber at or above atmospheric pressures and at high temperatures.
In 1989 he took up a postdoctoral position 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.
In 1994 he moved to UMIST, taking up a position as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, with special interests in fluorine chemistry. He became a Senior Lecturer in 2002 and is currently a member of theInorganic 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.