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.
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