Special Issue "Magnetic Lanthanide Complexes"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Coordination Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Sorace

Dipartimento di Chimica "U. Schiff", Università degli Studi di Firenze, Via della Lastruccia 3-13 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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Interests: magnetic anisotropy; electron paramagnetic resonance; lanthanides; molecular qubits
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Federico Totti

Dipartimento di Chimica "U.Schiff" and UdR INSTM, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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Interests: ab initio; DFT; modeling; magnetic clusters

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Coordination compounds based on lanthanide ions are the focus of intense research due to their peculiar magnetic properties, which arise as a consequence of their large magnetic moment and large anisotropy. Recent research brought these systems at the forefront of the research interest, thanks to the discovery of magnetic bistability on mononuclear complexes, which might pave the way for the use of these systems as magnetic memory molecular units. At the same time, the discovery that long electron decoherence and short correlation times can be obtained in such systems has suggested their potential use as molecular spin qubits and as candidates for next generation MRI agents. Thanks to major advances in both experimental techniques and theoretical methods past years have witnessed a tremendous advance in our comprehension of several different aspects of the magnetic properties of these systems. These range from accurate calculations of electronic structure and its connections with both static and dynamic magnetic behaviour to a more accurate comprehension of magnetic anisotropy in these systems and the way to engineer it; from observation of magnetically bistable systems at increasingly high temperature to experimentally and theoretically feasible determination of exchange coupling. However, several crucial points are still open. Among them, the fine understanding of the degree of covalence in the lanthanide coordination bond and the role of the electrostatic environment in determining the magnetic properties, as well as the role of vibrations in determining the magnetization dynamics and the experimental identification of the correct relaxation process. We firmly believe the study of these issues will be important topics in the future investigation of magnetic lanthanide compounds.

This Special Issue aims at collecting experimental and theoretical research and review contributions of recent advances in all aspects of magnetic properties of lanthanide complexes and to share this knowledge with a broader audience by means of an open access publication policy. We invite you to contribute papers in the above-mentioned areas and allow your research to impact the next generation trend in this exciting field.

Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Sorace
Prof. Dr. Federico Totti
Guest Editors

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  • anisotropy
  • exchange coupling
  • covalency
  • modeling
  • slow relaxation

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