José Ramón GalánOlivier Kahn International Award

9 October 2008

The MAGMANet network of Excellence and the members of the Olivier Kahn Award International Jury are pleased to announce that the laureate of the second Olivier Kahn International Award is Dr. Jose Ramon Galan-Mascaros



Olivier Kahn was a pioneer in Molecular Magnetism, brilliant scientist and teacher, deeply concerned to encourage talented young scientists. The MAGMANet European Network of Excellence has created a prestigious Award bearing his name, the Olivier Kahn International Award, to honour a young scientist who received his Ph.D. less than ten years ago. The award, an “Olivier Kahn Medal”, designed by La Monnaie de Paris, is accompanied by a prize of 10,000 euros, to allow the laureate to develop his research and take part in major international conferences.

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This year’s recipient of the Award, Dr. Jose Ramon Galan Mascaros, born in Spain in 1970, received his education in Chemistry in Imperial College, London and in Valencia University, where he is at present leader of a research group at the Instituto de Ciencia Molecular (ICMol). He performed several post-doctoral stays in Texas A&M University, College Station. During the first years of his scientific career he developed unique expertise in designing and building new hybrid organic-inorganic frameworks based on polyoxometalates, cyanide and oxalate clusters and in studying their physical properties. His main achievements are in the field of multifunctional molecular magnetic materials. He attracted worldwide attention by synthesizing the first ferromagnetic molecular conductor which proved the foundation for a series of related studies exploring the chemical flexibility of the bimetallic tris-oxalate structure as a component in inorganic-organic layers, bringing together long-range magnetic order with other solid state properties. Indeed, Dr. Galan Mascaros has played a leading role in developing the knowledge on multifunctional molecular magnetic materials.


Jose Ramon Galan Mascaros says: “Additional value can be encountered trough the design of hybrid multifunctional materials able to show two or more physical properties of interest in a given solid. It is possible to chemically prepare and study crystalline hybrids with unprecedented combinations of physical properties including all possible combinations of electrical conductivity, magnetism and optical activity with the desired dimensionality and arrangement at the nanoscale. These findings have the potential of opening a breakthrough in the possible applications of molecular materials to nanotechnology, where they can offer remarkable improvements when compared with classical solids, such as the control of the chemical objects at the nanoscale and the possibility to design novel combinations of physical properties that do not occur in naturally abundant materials. Molecular materials are one of the kind in the search for novel materials to be implemented in devices for spintronics, photomagnetism or nanofabrication.”

The international jury delivering the Award selected the laureate among eight young brilliant scientists, chemists or physicists, having contributed to the development of molecular magnetism in Europe and having provided the international community with outstanding scientific results.


The Award will be presented on the occasion of the International Conference on Molecular-based magnets, ICMM 2008, to be held in Florence, Italy, on September 21-24. The laureate will present an invited lecture on this occasion.


The next Olivier Kahn Award competition, organized in the frame of the European Institute of Molecular Magnetism, will take place in 2010.

MAGMANet network of ExcellenceThe members of the Olivier Kahn International Jury:

  • Peter Day, Professor, Royal Institution of Great Bitain and University College London, London, United KingdomL.

  • Jos de Jongh, Professor, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Dante Gatteschi, Professor, Universitá degli Studi, Florence, Italy

  • Boris Tsukerblat, Professor, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israël

  • Michel Verdaguer, Professor, Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France