Molecule-Based Materials

The versatility of the structure and bonding in molecule-based systems enables one to synthesise materials exhibiting dual properties, such as superconductivity and magnetism, or coupling of properties e.g. optical sensitivity and magnetism, that is currently finding use in magneto-optical devices. Of both fundamental and applied interest to the materials science community is the search for alternative molecular components to create efficient magnetic linkages between paramagnetic lattice sites. We explore such possibilities by investigating the crystal chemistry of novel materials based on shared bridging "cyano moieties" and their derivatives.

Chemical models: M[(N(CN2)]2, MII= transition metal.