Introduction to recent advances in molecular nanomagnetism, specifically the preparation of magnetic nanostructures based on molecules, its research with physical techniques, and in the development of possible spintronic applications: research of magnetic nanostructures and magnetic interfaces by magnetic force microscopy and magnetic resonance force microscopy, examination of magnetic domains by spin polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (SP-STM), organic spintronics, fabrication of molecular spin valves and engineering of interfaces, molecular nanospintronics, electric spin control in molecular nanodevices; quantum computing with magnetic qubits based on molecules.
Competencies and learning outcomes
- Acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in order to follow future doctoral-level training in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
- Capability of students from one area of knowledge (e.g., physics) to communicate and interact scientifically with colleagues from other areas of knowledge (e.g., chemistry) in the resolution of problems arising in molecular nanoscience and nanotechnology.
- Acquire basic knowledge of the fundamentals, use, and applications of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques used in nanotechnology.
- Evaluate the relationships and differences between the macroscopic properties of materials and the properties of unimolecular systems and nanomaterials.
- Evaluate the relevance of molecules and hybrid materials in electronics, spintronics, and molecular nanomagnetism.
- Know the main technological applications of molecular nanomaterials and be capable of placing them within the general context of materials science.
- Know the main applications of nanoparticles and nanostructured materials - obtained or functionalized by a molecular approach - in magnetism, molecular electronics, and biomedicine.
- Basic concepts of Nanomagnetism. Influence of artificial interfaces, effects of proximity and dimensionality. Magnetic textures (magnetic domains, magnetic vortices, skirmions).
- Properties and magnetic scales. Imamation inversion processes, size effects and dynamic processes. Spin-spin, spin-torque effect, spin-spin effect, Inverse SHE,
- Experimental techniques of characterization of electronic, magnetic and transport properties of nanostructures.
- Basic theoretical models to address the study of magnetism and phenomena related to nanoscopic scale.
- Recent developments and future research trends in Molecular Nanomagnetism (magnetic molecules, single-molecule magnets, ...).
- Spintronics based on molecular materials (organic spintronics): Manufacture of molecular spindle valves and interface engineering. Manufacture of multifunctional devices.
- Molecular Nanospintronics (single-molecule devices; quantum computation with magnetic qubits based on molecules).