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Title: New f-block and mixed d,f-block molecular nanomagnets
Author: Moreno Pineda, Eufemio
ISNI:       0000 0004 5359 3882
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2014
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Molecular Nanomagnets have been proposed as plausible candidates in a variety of futuristic applications. Thorough understanding of the magnetic properties of these systems is therefore necessary to develop devices that include such units. The aim of this thesis is to synthesise and structurally and magnetically characterise a range of systems that could be used as elementary units in three proposed applications such as: data storage devices, magnetic refrigerants and qubits for quantum computing. A series of mixed 3d/4f metal complexes were synthesised through solvothermal reactions and characterised by X-ray single crystal diffraction and SQUID magnetometry. Through indirect methods it was possible to obtain high magnetic entropy change for some systems. It was also possible to obtain some insight into the magnetic interactions within the systems through modelling the magnetic data. The role of the 4f-4f and 3d-4f interactions in two sets of molecules is also described. The first study is in an asymmetric dysprosium dimer, where through a range of experimental techniques and advanced theoretical methods, such ab-initio calculations we are able to explain the role of the intramolecular interactions and their effect on the SMM properties of this system. Similarly, insight into the role of the 3d-4f interactions is achieved through the observation of the magnetic behaviour of a family of 27 tetranuclear systems, though SQUID data and ab-initio calculations. Finally, chemical functionalization of a well-proposed qubits, namely {Cr7Ni} and subsequent reaction with a redox active metal ion, CoII/III, two {Cr7Ni} systems are linked. The magnitude of the exchange interaction between the {Cr7Ni}-CoII-{Cr7Ni} was determined through Electron Paramagnetic Resonance. Furthermore, by chemical oxidation/reduction of the cobalt between paramagnetic and diamagneticstates, i.e. CoII and CoIII respectively, we demonstrate that the interaction can be switched ON/OFF. This characteristic makes of these systems candidates to function as a SWAP gate.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: SENACYT-IFARHU ; Government of Panama
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Molecular magnetism, EPR, SQUID, quantum computing, MCE ; Single molecule magnets, lanthanides