Emergent properties in spin crossover materials

Congratulations to Professor Cameron Kepert (School of Chemistry); Eminent Professor Keith Murray; Dr Suzanne Neville (School of Chemistry) and Dr Rodolphe Clérac on their successful ARC Discovery grant. This project aims to develop ‘intelligent’ materials in which emergent properties arise due to the strategic combination of spin switching with other functionalities. Spin crossover is a versatile form of molecular switch which can reversibly change structure, colour and magnetism using convenient external stimuli. In probing new and interesting forms of interplay between technologically relevant properties, this work addresses the science of host-guest and electronic/magnetic systems and could lead to materials worthy of commercial development to underpin a range of future high-level technologies spanning low energy separations, molecular sensing, data storage, and electronic/magnetic/optical device componentry. Total funding: $612,500