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Tuning Magnetic Properties of a Carbon Nanotube-Lanthanide Hybrid Molecular Complex through Controlled Functionalization

Mosse, Ibwanga S. and Sodisetti, Venkateswara Rao and Coleman, Christopher and Ncube, Siphephile and de Sousa, Alvaro S. and Erasmus, Rudolph M. and Flahaut, Emmanuel and Blon, Thomas and Lassagne, Benjamin and Šamořil, Tomas and Bhattacharyya, Somnath Tuning Magnetic Properties of a Carbon Nanotube-Lanthanide Hybrid Molecular Complex through Controlled Functionalization. (2021) Molecules, 26 (3). 563. ISSN 1420-3049

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26030563


Molecular magnets attached to carbon nanotubes (CNT) are being studied as potential candidates for developing spintronic and quantum technologies. However, the functionalization routes used to develop these hybrid systems can drastically affect their respective physiochemical properties. Due to the complexity of this systems, little work has been directed at establishing the correlation between the degree of functionalization and the magnetic character. Here, we demonstrate the chemical functionalization degree associated with molecular magnet loading can be utilized for controlled tuning the magnetic properties of a CNT-lanthanide hybrid complex. CNT functionalization degree was evaluated by interpreting minor Raman phonon modes in relation to the controlled reaction conditions. These findings were exploited in attaching a rare-earth-based molecular magnet (Gd-DTPA) to the CNTs. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and super conducting quantum interference device (SQUID) measurements were used to elucidate the variation of magnetic character across the samples. This controlled Gd-DTPA loading on the CNT surface has led to a significant change in the nanotube intrinsic diamagnetism, showing antiferromagnetic coupling with increase in the Weiss temperature with respect to increased loading. This indicates that synthesis of a highly correlated spin system for developing novel spintronic technologies can be realized through a carbon-based hybrid material.

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Additional Information:This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license
HAL Id:hal-03134839
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > TESCAN ORSAY Holding (CZECH REPUBLIC)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of the Witwatersrand - WITS (SOUTH AFRICA)
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Deposited On:08 Feb 2021 14:13

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