The project "Spin shuttles" investigates molecules with unpaired electron spins in view of their performance in
Spin shuttle is a term coined for endofullerene molecules that encage and protect an atom or molecule with an open electron shell. Such molecules are candidates for single molecule magnets and have a great potential as building blocks in molecular spintronics. A single molecule magnet is a single molecule that retains its magnetization direction for a long period of time, i.e. displays hysteresis.
The first single molecule magnet spin shuttle was Dy2ScN@C80.
Our experiments cover magnetic characterization of the electronic ground state with magnetometry and x-ray circular dichroism (XMCD). The structure of the molecules on surfaces is investigated by x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD), also with resonant excitation (RXPD) and tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS).
- Prof. Thomas Greber
- Electrostatic Interaction across a Single-Layer Carbon Shell
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 9, 3586 (2018)
→ DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b01326
- Switching Molecular Conformation with the Torque on a Single Magnetic Moment
Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 237202 (2017)
→ DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.237202
- Single molecule magnet with an unpaired electron trapped between two lanthanide ions inside a fullerene
Nature Comm. 8, 16098 (2017)
→ DOI: 10.1038/ncomms16098
- Mononuclear Clusterfullerene Single-Molecule Magnet Containing Strained Fused-Pentagons Stabilized by a Nearly Linear Metal Cyanide Cluster
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 56, 1830 (2017)
→ DOI: 10.1002/anie.201611345
- Triangular Monometallic Cyanide Cluster Entrapped in Carbon Cage with Geometry-Dependent Molecular Magnetism
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 14764 (2016)
→ DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b09329
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