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DESIGN OF A NEW GENERATION OF SINGLE MOLECULE MAGNETS

Objective

This Fellowship will seek to create a new generation of "single molecule magnets" (SIMMs), i.e. molecules that retain magnetisation in the absence of a magnetic field. SIMMs may have long-term applications in information storage of quantum computing. The key target is to raise the energy barrier to reorientation of magnetisation. It is believed the best method for so doing is to raise the an isotropic ions. Previous SIMMs has involved Man(III), Fe(III) and Ni(II); other ions present greater single ion anisotropy, and this Fellowship will target these ions.
Specifically, V(III) and Fe(II) have useful characteristics for preparing high temperature SIMMs. To use such ions requires careful exclusion of air in preparations, as they are highly sensitive to oxidation. Dr Przybylak (SWP) has great experience of handling air- and moisture-sensitive complexes, and he will bring his expertise to bear on this new field. The scientific goals are to prepare SIMMs with higher blocking temperatures than those previously reported. In addition to the scientific goals, there are three training goals. Firstly, to provide SWP with training in X-ray single crystal diffraction methods. Secondly, to provide SWP with training in multi-frequency EPR spectroscopy, as applied to high spin cage complexes and SIMMs. Thirdly, to provide training in key skills, including presentation of work in English, time management and career development. The third goal is to establish a working relationship between a leading UK research group, and a promising young Polish scientist.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-MOBILITY-5
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THE VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
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