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Keywords:

  • data storage;
  • iron;
  • nanowires;
  • spin crossover;
  • template synthesis
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Wired for action: An alumina-based template method produces nanowires of an alkylated mononuclear spin-crossover FeIII complex. The wires can be isolated by dissolving the template in acid without decomposition of the product, and have a narrow distribution of diameter widths in the range of 80–100 nm. Electronic characterization of a single wire is possible by using Raman spectroscopy coupled to AFM (see picture).