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Room Temperature Ferromagnetism in Graphite and Fullerenes

Objective

Carbon is a life sustaining element which, thanks to the versatility of its bonding, is present in nature in various allotropic forms. The extraordinary discovery, recently reported, that some of these allotropes (namely graphite and fullerenes), when pro perly treated, can develop high Curie temperature ferromagnetism (similarly to magnetic elements like iron, nickel etc,) opens a door to a multitude of potential technological applications and, at the same time, upsets the scientific wisdom that strong m agnetism is a property of elements with d and f electrons. Several reliable confirmations of this effect have followed the original discovery. In all cases, however, only a small fraction of the material displays magnetism. A conclusive breakthrough towa rd a light biocompatible bulk carbon magnet will represent a technological revolution with anticipated rebounds in various fields like medicine, biology, electronics, material science etc. This task requires a combined experimental and theoretical expert ise with strong interdisciplinary character to focus in a high risk interdisciplinary research which falls outside the main thematic areas of FP6. The project brings together an experienced team of investigators who are world leaders in this field . The ir skill cover the extensive battery of theoretical, experimental and engineering competencies needed to achieve the ambitious task of producing bulk magnetic carbon.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-NEST-B-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE FISICHE DELLA MATERIA
Address
Via Vasca Navale 84
Roma
Italy

Participants (6)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano 117
Madrid
UNIVERSITÄT LEIPZIG
Germany
Address
Ritterstr. 26
100920 Leipzig
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Universitetsomraadet
Umea
FEDERAL STATE INSTITUTION "TECHNOLOGICAL INSTIUTE FOR SUPERHARD AND NOVEL CARBON MATERIALS"
Russia
Address
Centralnaya 7A
Troitsk, Moscow Region
THE COUNCIL FOR THE CENTRAL LABORATORY OF THE RESEARCH COUNCILS
United Kingdom
Address
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDECINE
United Kingdom
Address
South Kensington Campus
London