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Single Molecule Magnets - In Memory of Professor Alessandro Bencini

Dear Colleagues,

Single Molecule Magnets (SMMs) represent a very promising class of compounds within the more general class of systems for which Olivier Kahn in 1993 coined the term of Molecular Magnets. SMMs are a class of molecules that at very low temperature behave as a magnet, showing a permanent magnetization and hysteresis loop coupled to quantistic phenomena that is not possible to find in the traditional magnets. The peculiar properties of these molecular magnets, resides in the common nature of their ground and excited states, which consist of a manifold of states of different spin multiplicities nearly degenerate with respect to the temperature quantum kT (∼200 cm−1 at room temperature) with a significant magnetic anisotropy. The interest in SMMs has grown tremendously in recent years because of their potential applications in high-density information storage devices, as Q-bits in quantum computing, and as spin-filters in spin-valves devices, just to name a few of them.

The aim of this Virtual Special Issue is to evidence how crucial the synergy between the experimental and theoretical efforts is in the SMMs research field. For this reason, research and review contributions of recent evidences of such fruitful synergy in all aspects of SMMs will be welcome. A fully free-of-charge open access publication policy will allow to share this knowledge with a broader audience.

Professor Federico Totti

Guest Editor

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2019

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Guest Editor

  • Professor Federico Totti

    Department of Chemistry, University of Florence, Italy

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