The future of Nanotechnology depends inevitably on the creation of molecular devices capable of performing crucial functions. We propose new strategies for the design and synthesis of molecular functional materials based on coordination chemistry, as well as the study of their physico-chemical properties in order to evaluate their relevance in the context of molecular spintronics and electronics. The main rationale underlying these strategies stems from the conviction that the unlimited potential of coordination compounds may be greatly exploited if the processes of self assembly leading to these systems are controlled and manipulated through the careful design of the ligands that will shape their structure and properties. We have designed the synthesis of new families of multinucleating ligands intended to form polynuclear coordination molecules with predetermined structures. Preliminary analysis of their performance has served to identify entries into novel categories of Single Molecule Magnets, SMMs, and Molecular Cluster Pairs, MCPs. The latter are stable molecules that exhibit two quasi independent metallic clusters, which fulfil many of the requirements necessary to act as 2qbit quantum gates for processors in quantum computing. We propose a full synthetic programme aimed at exploiting and expanding this promising avenue toward the fabrication of molecular systems that will be exploited in the context of Quantum Information Processing, QIP. In particular, we have identified from our previous work three classes of MCPs with promising features towards that end. We aim at exploiting the tools that we have created and develop new synthetic resources for the synthesis of robust molecules with the ability to act as 2qbits in QIP based on magnetic nanoclusters.
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