Self-Assembly and Magnetism of Mn12 Nanomagnets on Native and Functionalized Gold Surfaces



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Mn12 single molecule magnets (SMMs) survive organized grafting on Au(111) surfaces as shown by a magnetic study in the monolayer range (see Figure and inside cover). Although the magnetic features are still reminiscent of ferromagnetic SMMs, effects due to the reduced dimensionality are clearly visible. Individual molecules are identified by scanning tunneling microscopy, opening new opportunities in the field of addressable, high-density, molecular devices for data storage and spin electronics.