List of Research Topics available for the PhD students

The topics of the PhD research projects are of course directly related to the main research topics of the EIMM and are given below:

1. switchable magnetic materials
2. conducting magnets
3. molecular nanomagnets
4. nanostructured magnets


Within these main topics a PhD student can select, in harmony with his/her local PhD supervisor, a more specific topic. This can be a different group of metal ions, or a different class of ligands.


1.    Switchable magnetic materials subtopics:

  photo-induced magnetism in molecules and molecular solids 
  coherent photo-switching 
  new switchable materials
  photo-physical  and photo-excitation processes
  devices and applications 

2.    Conducting magnets subtopics: 
 Novel organic/inorganic conducting ferromagnets. 
 Chiral conducting ferromagnets,
 Conductivity and optical activity in materials.
 Synthetic routes to increase the d electron interactions between sub-lattices,
 Purely organic magnetic conductors
 Switchable magnetic conductors or superconductors

3.    Molecular nanomagnets subtopics:
 Materials with a high anisotropy barrier
 Understanding the quantum behaviour of MNMs:
 Theoretical studies of MNMs. (adequate models for dynamics of magnetisation)
 Use neutron scattering to characterise energy levels and spin dynamics of MNMs
 Use NMR spectroscopy to understand the microscopic spin dynamics
 Use of MNMs as contrast agents in MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)
 Study innovative techniques like microscopy to address mono-layers of MNMs
 Exploit totally new molecules

4.    Nanostructured materials subtopics: 
 Preparation of molecular templates for industrial application developing devices
 Techniques for assembling and addressing molecular magnetic nanostructures