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Adsorption, Self-Assembly, and Magnetism of Molecules at Surfaces

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Project Description

The main goal of this theoretical project is to investigate the adsorption and interaction of magnetic molecules on bulk insulating substrates and to understand how the molecule-molecule interaction and the interaction with the substrate influence their magnetism. The spin of such molecules has been shown to display a magnetic "memory" which is an important requirement for storing data on single molecules. We are particularly interested by which mechanisms the magnetic moment of the originally paramagnetic molecule can be fixed in space by the presence of a substrate (adsorption site and adsorption geometry dependence), nearby molecules (coordination) or an external magnetic field.
Theoretical calculations will be carried out in close collaboration with the experimental work in the group of Prof. R. Wiesendanger at the University of Hamburg http://www.nanoscience.de/HTML/group/wiesendanger.html . These calculations will be used to understand the geometry of adsorption of individual molecules at surfaces and the character of their interaction with surfaces; the interaction between molecules and the structure of self-assembled molecular structures. New techniques will be developed to study the interaction between molecular spins and of molecular spins with magnetic fields created by external sources and by AFM tips.
For more information please contact Prof. Alexander Shluger ([email protected]) http://www.alexshluger.com/ . Deadline for applications is April 30, 2016, but the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is found.

Funding Notes

Please note that this studentship is funded by EPSRC and is open only to UK/EU applicants.

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