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Keywords:

  • carbon nanotubes;
  • single-molecule magnets;
  • electrostatic grafting;
  • molecular spintronics
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Attractive electrostatic interactions enable the grafting of cationic single-molecule magnets (SMMs) to the surface of chemically modified anionic multi-walled carbon nanotubes. As reported on page 979 by Eugenio Coronado, Carlos Martí-Gastaldo, and co-workers, physical measurements indicate that the chemical nature of the SMM unit remains intact, whereas its magnetic response is significantly affected by the grafting process, likely due to surface effects.