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Dr Anindita Chakraborty
University of Manchester
To store large amounts of data, we need effective information storage devices. Single-molecule magnets (SMMs) are potential magnetic materials that can store information at the nanoscale. By fabricating such materials having nanometres dimension, we can achieve high density of data storage. However, the present SMMs are functional only at liquid-helium temperatures, which is very expensive and this inhibits the practical use of SMMs. My present research targets to develop SMMs that can function at liquid-nitrogen temperature (77 K), which would be a huge advance.
To achieve such target, a new family of SMMs will be synthesized in which lanthanide elements are linked to transition metals via organic linkers that enable effective magnetic communication. The synthetic strategy is expected to result in new SMMs that show very large energy barriers to reversal of the magnetization and magnetic hysteresis close to the liquid-nitrogen temperature.
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