To manifest single-molecule magnet
(SMM) behaviour a polynuclear complex should have a high-spin ground-state and strong negative anisotropy (D).
Single-atom or single-molecule magnets
on the other hand do not require this communication with their neighbours to retain their magnetic memory.
Objective: In this project, we will develop new single-molecule magnets
(SMMs) that combine the strong magnetic anisotropy of lanthanide ions with a series of novel radical ligands.
Among the topics are inorganic nanotubes and fullerene-like nanoparticles, harnessing biological motors to engineer systems for nanoscale transport and assembly, molecular spintronics using single-molecule magnets
, semiconductor quantum light sources, the potential and challenges of nanopore sequencing, and biosensing with plasmonic nanosensors.
Towards the end of the 20th century, molecules were discovered that show a slow relaxation of their magnetization at low temperatures, behaving as tiny magnets, and thus known as single-molecule magnets
Objective: "Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Magnetism are in an ideal position for the rational design of Single-Molecule Magnets
which can be used as molecular spin qubits, the irreducible components of any quantum technology.