Magnetic materials are important through their use in recording tapes and other electronic devices.
Traditional magnetic materials are metals, alloys or metal oxides made by high temperature methods. Our
aims are to prepare new molecule based solid materials that possess the properties of traditional magnets
but which are made by careful chemical design at ambient temperatures. We will make large clusters of
metal ions such as manganese, or rare earths such as dysprosium, or mixtures thereof, and bridged by
organic ligands. These clusters will show new quantum effects that might be used in devices called
spintronics. Three-dimensional metal-organic network structures containing metals such as nickel or
molybdenum will behave like magnets.