They are talking about our metal-organic magnets reported in Science…


Metal-organic magnets with large coercivity and ordering temperatures up to 242°C”, Science, Vol. 370, Issue 6516, pp. 587-592, (2020) – 10.1126/science.abb3861Abstract – Reprint Full text

“Lightening the load” by Jake Yeston – 10.1126/science.370.6516.543-e

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Metal-organic magnets with large coercivity and ordering temperature up to 242°C

Towards next-generation molecule-based magnets

Magnets are to be found everywhere in our daily lives, whether in satellites, telephones or on fridge doors. However, they are made up of heavy inorganic materials whose component elements are, in some cases, of limited availability.

Now, researchers from the CNRS, the University of Bordeaux and the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble) have developed a new lightweight molecule-based magnet, produced at low temperatures, and exhibiting unprecedented magnetic properties. This compound, derived from coordination chemistry, contains chromium, an abundant metal, and inexpensive organic molecules.  This is the first molecule-based magnet that exhibits a ‘memory effect’ (i.e. it is capable of maintaining one of its two magnetic states) up to a temperature of 240°C. This effect is measured by what is known as a coercive field, which is 25 times higher at room temperature for this novel material than for the most efficient of its molecule-based predecessors.  This property therefore compares well with that of certain purely inorganic commercial magnets. The discovery, published on 30 October in Science, opens up highly promising prospects, which could lead to next-generation magnets complementary to current systems.

Reference & authors: P. Perlepe, I. Oyarzabal, A. Mailman, M. Yquel, M. Platunov, I. Dovgaliuk, M. Rouzières, P. Négrier, D. Mondieig, E. A. Suturina, M.A. Dourges, S. Bonhommeau, R. A. Musgrave, K. S. Pedersen, D. Chernyshov, F. Wilhelm, A. Rogalev, C. Mathonière, R. Clérac, Metal-organic magnets with large coercivity and ordering temperatures up to 242°C”, Science, Vol. 370, Issue 6516, pp. 587-592, (2020) – 10.1126/science.abb3861Abstract – Reprint Full text

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Acknowledgments: This work was supported by the University of Bordeaux, the Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Quantum Matter Bordeaux, the Basque Government, the University of the Basque Country, the Villum Fonden, the University of Jyväskylä, the Academy of Finland, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the ESRF-The European Synchrotron.


Rodolphe Clérac has been elected to the Academia Europaea (Chemical sciences section)


What is the Academia Europaea?

The object of Academia Europaea is the advancement and propagation of excellence in scholarship in the humanities, law, the economic, social, and political sciences, mathematics, medicine, and all branches of natural and technological sciences anywhere in the world for the public benefit and for the advancement of the education of the public of all ages in the aforesaid subjects in Europe.

Academia Europaea is a European, non-governmental association acting as an Academy. Our members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research. Founded in 1988, with about 3800 members which includes leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and the law.

MagLAB is talking about us… “Molecular magnetic building blocks”

This study reports the first transition metal compounds featuring mixed fluoride–cyanide ligands. A significant enhancement of the magnetic anisotropy, as compared to the pure fluoride ligated compounds, is demonstrated by combined analysis of high-field electron paramagnetic resonance (HF-EPR) spectroscopy and magnetization measurements.

What did scientists discover?

This study reports the first transition metal molecules featuring both fluorine and cyanide ligands (see “branches” attached to the metal atom (M) in the molecules at the top of the figure). A strong and significant enhancement of the non-uniformity of the magnetism, the “magnetic anisotropy” for the trans-[ReIVF4(CN)2]2– complex (shown in the upper right) was discovered by combined high-field magnetization and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy (see lower Figure).

Why is this important?

This research highlights an efficient new strategy for synthesizing molecular building blocks based on heavier transition metals that feature relatively large magnetic moments and very strong magnetic anisotropy. Such building blocks may form the basis for future high-performance magnetic materials used in high-density information storage applications.

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Rodolphe Clérac has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences (Chemistry Division)

About the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) :

“The European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) is a non-profit non-governmental, independent organization of the most distinguished scholars and engineers performing forefront research and the development of advanced technologies, united by a commitment to promoting science and technology and their essential roles in fostering social and economic development. One of the most important objectives of the Academy is the promotion of fundamental research and excellence in science and technology. The EURASC aims to recognize and elect to its membership the best European scientists with a vision for Europe as a whole, transcending national borders both in elections and in actions, and with the aims of strengthening European science and scientific cooperation and of utilizing the expertise of its members in advising other European bodies in the betterment of European research, technological application and social development.”…

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Rodolphe Clérac

Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, UMR CNRS 5031
115 Avenue Schweitzer, 33600 Pessac, FRANCE
Phone : +33 (0) 5 56 84 56 50

7th European Conference on Molecular Magnetism: Dr. Xiaozhou Ma received the best poster prize

Dr. Xiaozhou Ma received one of two prizes for the best poster presented at the 7th European Conference on Molecular Magnetism which took place in Florence, Italy, the 15th-18th of September 2019.

The title of her poster was “Magnetic Exchange Coupling Promotion in Dinuclear Compounds with Redox-active Ligand”.

Xiaozhou Ma was a PhD student of P. Dechambenoit and R. Clérac who defended on the 11th of September 2019.

M3 research in the news: Uranium (IV) magnetism

Rodolphe Clérac’s research has been recently cited by the CNRS Institute of Chemistry.  

L’origine du magnétisme atypique de l’ion actinide Uranium(IV) enfin comprise

Les ions de terres rares et d’actinides, qui présentent des propriétés magnétiques remarquables étant données leurs structures électroniques, sont de bons candidats pour entrer dans la composition des aimants de nouvelle génération. Mais alors pourquoi, de manière atypique, l’uranium au degré oxydation IV n’est que faiblement magnétique, alors qu’au regard de sa structure électronique, ses propriétés devraient être comparables aux autres analogues de terres rares ou d’actinides?

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Angela Valentin thesis defense scheduled

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for a posthumous PhD diploma for Angela Valentin, a thesis defense of her work will take place in the CRPP amphitheatre on 11 December 2019 at 14h.

In attendance will be the jury consisting of Jeanne Crassous (Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes), Lorenzo di Bari (University of Pisa), Jérôme Lacour (Univeristy of Geneva), and Cécile Zakri (University of Bordeaux).

The presentation will be delivered by E. Hillard and P. Rosa..

Friends and family are cordially invited to attend this commemoration of Angela’s work.

Guillaume Naulet wins a prize!

Dans le cadre de l’Idex de l’Université de Bordeaux, Guillaume Naulet, a reçu le prix de thèse “Sciences et Technologie”.
Guillaume a effectué sa thèse au CRPP de 2015 à 2018, sous la direction de Fabien DUROLA et Harald BOCK, dans l’équipe M3.

Son travail concernait le développement de techniques de protection pour la synthèse de larges arènes polycycliques par réaction de Perkin, ce qui a notamment permis de former des rubans de Möbius moléculaires.

Fabien Durola’s work featured in l’Actualité Chimique

Des molécules aromatiques et torsadées

Fabien Durola's work featured in l'Actualité Chimique

“La chimie organique est régie par de nombreuses règles
établies au fil des expériences. Aujourd’hui, les chimistes
explorent les limites de ces lois. Comme Fabien Durola et son
équipe du Centre de recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS/Université
de Bordeaux), qui prouvent avec leur cyclo-tris-[5]hélicène
qu’un composé aromatique peut être triplement torsadé,
esthétique et atypique, de par ses propriétés électroniques

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