FM 2011 - Introduction


Metalorganic compounds formed by metal centers bridged with organic ligands are of great importance for the development of new molecule-based magnets and organic spintronic materials. Scientific research on metalorganics has rapidly increased in the last years, owing to their large number of technological applications. Organic semiconductors exhibiting extremely long spin lifetimes are attractive as building blocks for spintronic devices. Self-assembled metalorganic complexes in contact with metallic substrates hold promise for the realization of single-molecule transistors. Spin-crossover materials with abrupt phase transition between low-spin and high-spin states find applications as temperature sensors, as optical switches, as active elements of various types of displays, and in data storage. A decisive advantage of metalorganics is their modular nature. Desired functionalities can quickly be tailored using the extensive experience of organic chemistry.

Many fundamental issues remain yet to be solved, e.g. how specific functionalities derive from the electronic structure and how a microscopic understanding of the complex physical and chemical interactions can be achieved.

FM2011 is intended to provide a forum for lively scientific exchange and discussions, and thereby serve to accelerate the progress in the field of functional metalorganics.