Molecular spintronics is an emergent field combining the flexibility of molecular electronics and molecular magnetism with the advantages of spintronics. Its main goal is the manipulation of the electron spin by a wise combination of ad-hoc molecules and inorganic substrate. Besides the rich magnetic behavior resulting from the interaction between a magnetic molecule and a metal surface, or vice versa, additional functions such as switchability by external parameters (light, voltage) can be integrated. This multi-disciplinary field offers a wide range of routes towards spin-based devices with potential technological applications in information storage and processing. However, due to the very large number of possible material combinations there is an urgent need for fundamental understanding, guiding concepts, and tools to scale up and systematize the search of new smart functional molecular designs. Our scientific target is to develop a modeling platform around molecular spintronics that will set up the basis for new spin-based nano-devices paradigms and materials with robust and enhanced properties that will fuel new ideas in the field of molecular spintronics.
The novelty of our project is to combine and develop the most up to date modeling tools with cutting-edge well-controlled and calibrated experimental methods in order to unravel the fundamental mechanisms governing the magneto-transport properties in molecular spintronic systems.
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