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Nat Mater. 2008 Mar;7(3):179-86. doi: 10.1038/nmat2133.

Molecular spintronics using single-molecule magnets.

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Institut Néel, CNRS & Université Joseph Fourier, BP 166, 25 Avenue des Martyrs, 38042 GRENOBLE Cedex 9, France.


A revolution in electronics is in view, with the contemporary evolution of the two novel disciplines of spintronics and molecular electronics. A fundamental link between these two fields can be established using molecular magnetic materials and, in particular, single-molecule magnets. Here, we review the first progress in the resulting field, molecular spintronics, which will enable the manipulation of spin and charges in electronic devices containing one or more molecules. We discuss the advantages over more conventional materials, and the potential applications in information storage and processing. We also outline current challenges in the field, and propose convenient schemes to overcome them.


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