Molecular Magnetism: A basis for new materials


  • Prof. Dante Gatteschi

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Florence via Maragliano 77, I-50144 Florence (Italy)
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    • studied Chemistry at the University of Florence, wlzere he graduated (Laurea in Chimica) from the laboratory of Professor L. Succoni. He started his academic career at the same University, where he subsequently became Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry, in 1980. Since 1992 he hus been director of a consortium of 23 Italian universities which coordinates research activities in the chemistry of materials. His research interests are in the design, synthesis, and characterization of molecular magnetic materials. He is the author of more than 250 publications, including three books.

  • Thanks are expressed to Prof. A. Dei, Prof. P. Glitlich, and Prof. O. Kahn for critically reading the manuscript. Financial support from Progetto Finalizzato Materiali Speciali per Tecnologie Avanzate and from the Commission of the European Communities, Human Capital and Mobility Programme, Contract ERB-CHRX-CT92-0080, is gratefully acknowledged.


Molecular magnetism, which includes the study of organic magnets, spin cross-over, and large spin clusters, has recently begun to concentrate on the design and synthesis of new magnetic compounds. Simple molecules, based on nitroxides and nitronyl nitroxides (see Figure), have been found to order ferromagnetically. The field is reviewed, stressing the possibility of combining properties.

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