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Miss Sara Sabater
University of Bath
The project I will develope as Newton Fellow will probe the use of two-coordinate, N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) stabilised Ni(I) metal complexes for new single-molecule magnets (SMMs). Single-molecule magnets (SMMs) are gaining much attention as they combine the advantages of the molecular scale with the properties of bulk magnetic materials, and have been lauded as potential candidates for high-density information storage and also for quantum computing.
While most of the focus to date has been on the use of lanthanide coordination compounds as SMMs, attention has begun to focus on 3d metals with conformationally well defined ligands that can stabilise low-coordinate environments at the metal, and may allow steric and electronic tuning of the metal centre to afford new SMMs. This approach has been used very successfully in the host's group very recently to prepare the first example of a mononuclear Ni SMM. The aim of the project is to now investigate how variation of the NHC impacts on magnetic behaviour.
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