On-surface Magnetochemistry and Spintronics

Spin-bearing metalorganic molecules provide a unique platform for exploiting spin properties, leading to molecular spintronics and on-surface magnetochemistry, an emergent area in which reversible switching of the molecule’s spin is utilized.

To prepare the way for spin-switchable single-molecule electronic devices, we perform fundamental investigations of the complex interplay of chemical and magnetic interactions in metalorganic systems, using density-functional-theory-based methodologies. 

Organic molecules are cheap, multifunctional materials that are promising for many technological applications. In the present focus for molecular spintronics applications stand, in particular, magnetic planar organic molecules adsorbed on substrates, such as metal-porphyrins and phthalocyanines and spin-crossover complexes. To investigate how efficient spin manipulation of spin-bearing molecules can be achieved, we use ab initio calculations that can provide valuable, novel insight into the atomic origins of molecular spin polarization and reveal promising routes to achieve active spin control in future molecular devices.

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