Previous Seed Projects

Templated Assembly of Single Molecule Magnets in Metal Organic Frameworks

Jian Zhang (Chemistry)

Next-generation spintronic devices will be based on nanoscale functional units, such as isolated spin clusters or single-molecule magnets (SMMs), which need to be further assembled into a macroscopic form. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with ordered three-dimensional cavity provide an excellent host to achieve the templated assembly of molecule-based magnets to fabricate functional magnetic materials. This project concerns the study of multifunctional hybrid materials through the encapsulation of SMMs in MOFs. Specifically, highly stable and porous zirconium-porphyrin nanoparticles (ZrPNs) will be used as the host materials to incorporate SMMs, yielding a new type of hybrid 0D@3D materials. Ultimately, we expect the success of this project can be of significant importance to the future construction of spintronic or ultrahigh-density magnetic data storage devices.

Templated Assembly of Single Molecule Magnets in Metal Organic Frameworks