Improving f-element single molecule magnets
Ever since the discovery that certain manganese clusters retain their magnetisation for months at low temperatures, there has been intense interest in molecular nanomagnets because of potential applications in data storage, spintronics, quantum computing, and magnetocaloric cooling. In this Tutorial Review, we summarise some key historical developments, and centre our discussion principally on the increasing trend to exploit the large magnetic moments and anisotropies of f-element ions. We focus on the important theme of strategies to improve these systems with the ultimate aim of developing materials for ultra-high-density data storage devices. We present a critical discussion of key parameters to be optimised, as well as of experimental and theoretical techniques to be used to this end.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the German Chemical Society