Graphene-based molecular spintronics offers hope for quantum computing
Molecular spintronics is a new sub-area of spintronics that benefits from achievements in molecular electronics and molecular magnetism. It aims for the ultimate step towards the miniaturisation of spintronics by striving to actively control the spin states of individual molecules. Recent research demonstrated that nanographenes in very specific forms (with spin-bearing centres) have magnetic properties that could permit molecular spintronics applications. Controlling nanographenes' structure at the atomic level is the key to making them perform the desired functions. The EU-funded MolecularMAGNET project will employ a bottom-up synthetic approach to functionalise nanographenes and investigate how their size and configuration affects spin behaviour. The project will also reveal more clues about the intrinsic spin–injection mechanism in molecular magnetic materials based on nanographenes.
Fields of science
- engineering and technologynanotechnologynano-materialstwo-dimensional nanostructuresgraphene
- natural sciencesphysical scienceselectromagnetism and electronicsspintronicsmolecular spintronics
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringelectronic engineeringcomputer hardwarequantum computer
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