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Magnetism: Molecules to Build Solids

Verdaguer, Michel and Gleizes, Alain Magnetism: Molecules to Build Solids. (2020) European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2020 (9). 723-731. ISSN 1434-1948

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.201901274


The seminal discovery in 1981 of bimetallic ferrimagnetic chains, based on the synthetic use of the concept “complex as ligand”, can be considered as a significant step on the way from molecules to more and more complex materials. We describe the chemistry, the structures, the magnetic properties of these 1D materials, together with the new theoretical models created to understand them. We then give an overview of some original creative ideas, which have irrigated the synthetic chemistry of brand‐new molecular materials, room temperature magnets, photomagnetic and chiral magnets or functional surfaces. The review emphasizes that the celebrated individual “wins” are indeed the fruit, along the years, of the constructive multidisciplinary collaboration of many scientists, theoreticians and experimentalists, chemists and physicists. Difficulties, dead‐end hypotheses, mistakes which represent a significant exciting part of any scientific endeavour, are not put under the rug.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03157983
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 > Sorbonne Université (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:03 Mar 2021 14:40

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