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Open Access Molecular Magnetic Switches

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The design and synthesis of molecular switches is of growing importance considering the steep increase in the production of consumer electronics in the recent years. The function of these devices is based on binary electronic circuits and can be achieved by use of bistable magnetic materials. This article reviews four types of molecular systems, which can be switched between two spin states in response to an external stimulus, illustrating working principles that can motivate the design of systems for practical applications. As an outlook, organic diradicaloid molecules are introduced as potential molecular magnetic switches that do not rely on the use of metals.

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Keywords: BISTABILITY; MAGNETIC SWITCH; MOLECULAR MEMORY; SPIN-CROSSOVER; STIMULI-RESPONSIVE SYSTEMS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Zurich, Department of Chemistry Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland, SCS-DSM Award for best poster presentation in Organic Chemistry;, Email: [email protected] 2: University of Zurich, Department of Chemistry Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland; Twitter @michal_juricek, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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  • International Journal for Chemistry and Official Membership Journal of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS) and its Divisions

    CHIMIA, a scientific journal for chemistry in the broadest sense, is published 10 times a year and covers the interests of a wide and diverse readership. Contributions from all fields of chemistry and related areas are considered for publication in the form of Review Articles and Notes. A characteristic feature of CHIMIA are the thematic issues, each devoted to an area of great current significance.

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