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Inorganics 2018, 6(1), 26;

Future Directions for Transuranic Single Molecule Magnets

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate for Nuclear Safety and Security, P.O. Box 2340, 76125 Karlsruhe, Germany
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Received: 18 January 2018 / Revised: 6 February 2018 / Accepted: 8 February 2018 / Published: 13 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Single-Molecule Magnets)
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Single Molecule Magnets (SMMs) based on transition metals and rare earths have been the object of considerable attention for the past 25 years. These systems exhibit slow relaxation of the magnetization, arising from a sizeable anisotropy barrier, and magnetic hysteresis of purely molecular origin below a given blocking temperature. Despite initial predictions that SMMs based on 5f-block elements could outperform most others, the results obtained so far have not met expectations. Exploiting the versatile chemistry of actinides and their favorable intrinsic magnetic properties proved, indeed, to be more difficult than assumed. However, the large majority of studies reported so far have been dedicated to uranium molecules, thus leaving the largest part of the 5f-block practically unexplored. Here, we present a short review of the progress achieved up to now and discuss some options for a possible way forward. View Full-Text
Keywords: actinides; slow magnetic relaxation; single molecule magnets actinides; slow magnetic relaxation; single molecule magnets

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