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Elucidation of ligand fields, metal-metal interactions and phonon spectra for a new family of highly symmetric lanthanide single molecule magnets by use of INS

Supervisors: Hannu Mutka (ILL), Stephane Rols (ILL) and Jesper Bendix (University of Copenhagen)
Description: Single-molecule magnets (SMMs), which are molecular paramagnets exhibiting a magnet-like behaviour in the absence of long-range magnetic order, have attracted considerable attention in field of chemistry and physics in recent years. Their nanoscopic size and the perfectly monodisperse nature points too future applications in spintronic devices[1] and quantum computing.[2] The simplest way of realizing an SMM is by placing a single lanthanide ion in an appropriate crystal field. Due to the subordination of crystal field effects to the spin-orbit coupling, the effect of the crystal field is to split the spin-orbit coupled ground J multiplet into its mJ substates. This crystal field splitting generates an intrinsic "barrier" for reversing the magnetic moment of the molecule, pictorially equal to the anisotropy barrier responsible for the superparamagnetic behaviour of magnetic nanoparticles. While this picture is pleasingly simple, it has been shown to be severely oversimplified by us[3] among others. The simplification lies in the over-barrier process assumed operative for the relaxation of the magnetization to the surrounding lattice. While this process, the so-called Orbach process, is relevant in some cases, the Raman process, in which energy is transferred from the spin system to the lattice by the inelastic scattering of a lattice phonon by the spin system, has been found equally important.[3] Additional processes exist, and the spin relaxation of SMMs seem to rely on a delicate balance between the spin system and the surrounding lattice phonons, in accordance with old spin-lattice relaxation theory.[4,5] The project is based on a new type of lanthanide SMMs where the lanthanide ion is sandwiched between two metallo-ligands each providing squares of oxygen donor atoms for the lanthanide ion. These systems can be obtained in a perfectly tetragonal environment and offer ample possibilities for chemical tuning. An interesting added feature of these systems is the possibility of using metallophilic interactions between the surface exposed noble-metals to tailor more complicated multimetallic structures of possible interest in quantum information processing schemes. In the Ph.D. project, select members of this series will be studied by INS spectroscopy, aiming at mapping out the ligand field, which is a manageable task due to the high symmetry of the systems. Additionally, determination of the phonon spectra and their importance for the relaxation processes of these systems is a central goal of the project.
[1] L. Bogani, W. Wernsdorfer, Nat. Mater. 2008, 7, 179-186.
[2] M. N. Leuenberger, D. Loss, Nature 2001, 410, 789-793.
[3] K. S. Pedersen, J. Dreiser, H. Weihe, R. Sibille, H. V. Johannesen, M. A. Sorensen, B. E. Nielsen, M. Sigrist, H. Mutka, S. Rols, et al., Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 7600-7606.
[4] A. Abragam, B. Bleaney, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of Transition Ions, Oxford University Press, 1970.
[5] K. N. Shrivastava, phys. stat. sol. (b) 1983, 117, 437-458.
Application details: The PhD project will be located in Grenoble (France), at the ILL, and at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The successful candidate will be employed for a period of up to three years, with a gross salary of around 2350 Euro/month, together with other benefits depending on the student's social status (for more details see: http://www.ill.eu/science-technology/phd-students/phd-recruitment/phd-work-at-the-ill/) Applicants should have a good degree in a relevant field such as inorganic chemistry, physics or materials science. Experience with magnetism studies is beneficial. The programme encompasses 30 ECTS of course work, which can be completed at different institutions. Contact information:
Dr. Hannu Mutka, Institut Laue-Langevin, France; e-mail: mutka@ill.fr
Dr. Stephane Rols, Institut Laue-Langevin, France; e-mail: rols@ill.fr
Prof. Jesper Bendix, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: Bendix@kiku.dk

PhD Position in Single Molecule Magnetism

The Research Team "Nanoscale Chemistry" at the Institute for Solid State Research in the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden - in short IFW Dresden - is currently looking for an excellent student to fill a Doctoral Research Position. This position is offered in the framework of ERC project "GraM3" dedicated to the study of molecular magnetism in endohedral metallofullerenes in bulk and especially in thin films. The position will remain open until filled. IFW Dresden is a non-university research institute and a member of the Leibniz Association. It is concerned with modern materials science and combines explorative research in physics, chemistry and materials science with technological development of new materials and products. Further information at: http://www.ifw-dresden.de. Endohedral metallofullerenes (EMFs) are the molecules comprising one to four metal atoms encapsulated inside the carbon cage. When lanthanide metals with unfilled f-shell are encap- sulated, EMF molecules inherit magnetic properties from the lanthanide ions. Besides, fuller- ene cage protects the internal species from the environment. Altogether it results in fascinating magnetic properties of such EMFs. Each single EMF molecule can act as a small magnet (hence the term single molecule magnetism). The Fullerene group in IFW Dresden is active in the synthesis of these molecule, their chemical derivatives, and the studies of their magnetic properties by various physical techniques. The aim of the doctoral research will be the study of EMFs produced in IFW Dresden by in- house SQUID magnetometry as well as by various techniques available with synchrotron ra- diation (such as X-ray magnetic circular dichroism). For the latter, occasional trips to Berlin Electron Storage Ring (BESSY, Germany), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Greno- ble, France) or Paul Scherrer Institute (Villigen, Switzerland) are expected. Magnetic proper- ties will be studied for the bulk samples (powders, single crystals) as well as for monolayers. The successful candidate should have a Master's degree or Diploma in chemistry, material science, or physics, preferably with a background in magnetism, as well as high motivation and good English skills.
Read more and apply here: this web page.
For more information feel free to contact Dr. Alexey Popov (a.popov@ifw-dresden.de)

PhD Scholarship in Advancing 2D Materials by Metal-Organic Framework Engineering

A 3-year PhD scholarship in metal-organic framework (MOF) chemistry funded by the VILLUM Foundation is available at the Department of Chemistry. The project will be under supervision of Assist. Prof. Kasper S. Pedersen and is starting June 1st or as soon as possible hereafter. The successful candidate will join a newly started, young research team (see www.pedersengroup.dk). The synthetic engineering of the inorganic and organic building blocks constituting all MOF-materials leads to almost endless possibilities for MOF properties tuning (e.g. electronic, magnetic, optical, etc.). The PhD project will focus on the design, synthesis, and characterization of new types of metal-organic network structures, both in the bulk (3D) and at the nanoscale (2D). This includes also the elucidation of structural and physical properties, and electronic structures. A significant fraction of the experiments will be performed at international large-scale facilities (synchrotron, muon, and neutron sources) in Europe and in the US. The project will have significant impact on the understanding of 2D MOF chemistry and physics, and the correlations between chemical and electronic structures, and the ensuing MOF properties. Active dissemination of the obtained results, in scientific articles and through participation in international conferences, is an integral part of the job. The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree in chemistry with a focus on synthetic inorganic or organic chemistry. Experience with crystallography, and synthesis of air-sensitive compounds are considered strong advantages. Most importantly, the candidate should be highly motivated, able to work independently and should be confident in both written and spoken English. The applicant should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious and hard working. Only applicants, who seek to be among the brightest in their field and do science at the highest international level, will be considered. Read more and apply here (deadline: May 1st): this web page. For more information feel free to contact Assist. Prof. Kasper S. Pedersen (kastp@kemi.dtu.dk)

Jack E. Crow Postdoctoral Fellowship

Location: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, FL
Application Deadline: March 31, 2017, or until the position is filled.
The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory offers a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship: the Jack E. Crow Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Jack E. Crow Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was named after the founding director of the MagLab, whose long-time commitment to education and research at all levels is well known. The program is designed for Ph.D.s with a research interest in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics/Materials Science. MagLab is a world-class facility providing challenging environment for cutting-edge scientific and engineering research. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D degree within the last (5) five years and must demonstrate a strong record of academic and research accomplishments. The Jack E. Crow Postdoctoral Fellowship Program will pay fellows $65,000 per year, plus benefits. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit the following: One page statement of prior research activities and future research interests that will be pursued at the MagLab if granted a fellowship. The statement should identify a sponsor or group at the MagLab who best represents the research in the area proposed. It is strongly recommended that a sponsor be contacted to assess the feasibility of the project prior to submitting the application. Curriculum vitae including publications and teaching experience; and At least three letters of reference (not from the sponsor) in support of the application. (Official graduate transcripts will be required from successful applicants to whom offers are extended). To ensure full consideration, please submit applications by March 31, 2017. The position will remain open until filled. The appointment will commence on or about September 1, 2017. All application packets should be submitted in electronic (PDF) format through email to Ms. Renee Luallen (Program Coordinator). The MagLab is operated for the National Science Foundation by a collaboration of institutions comprising Florida State University, the University of Florida, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. See FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement. To apply please visit this web page.

The Wyatt/Green Endowed Chair in Physics

The Department of Physics at Florida State University seeks to fill this endowed chair with an individual who will enhance research within the Department and foster collaborations with other researchers across the University. We seek a physicist with an international reputation for outstanding scholarship and leadership and a commitment to undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral education. The successful candidate will be hired at the Full Professor level. Applications should include a CV and summary of current and future research plans including possible collaborations within the department and university and will be accepted until the position is filled. For further information on this Endowed Chair, contact Prof. Kirby Kemper, Search Committee Chair at kkemper@fsu.edu. Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf.

PDRA in high pressure studies of molecule-based magnets

The School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh is seeking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher in the field of high-pressure crystallography to work as part of a team investigating how pressure can be used to modify the properties of molecular magnets. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in chemistry, physics, or a related discipline, and have experience in handling sensitive materials and structural characterisation by single-crystal X-ray diffraction.
Fixed Term: 24 months starting as soon as possible.
To apply please visit this web page. Closing date 2 Nov. 2016.

Faculty positions at Montana State University

The Department of Physics at Montana State University is expanding its research program. In Fall 2016 we will be conducting searches at the assistant professor level to fill two tenure-track positions in the broadly defined fields of: (1) Quantum Systems, and (2) Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. The Quantum Systems position is aimed to develop a research direction within the department that includes, but is not limited to, the study or application of quantum effects or correlations in condensates, atomic, magnetic, optical, photonic, or biological materials and systems, highly-complex materials, soft matter, and quantum information systems. Complete information about this position can be found at: http://jobs.montana.edu/postings/5740 . A short advertisement is attached. The AMO position will consider all sub-fields of experimental atomic, optical and molecular physics, including, but not limited to, ultracold quantum gases, ion trapping, atom interferometry, quantum nonlinear optics, and precision measurements. Complete information about this position will appear on the university website during August 2016. MSU’s Department of Physics is one of the leading physics departments in the Rocky Mountain region. The department has a long history of research in condensed matter and optical physics. Principal research directions include superconductivity and superfluidity, magnetism, low-dimensional systems, glassy and ice physics, new magnetic devices based on constrained geometry, optical applications in biology, communications, and spectral analysis. Other prominent areas of research are in the areas of neutron stars, solar physics, gravity and general relativity, black holes and education. Montana State University is situated in Bozeman, Montana, a place that is small enough to have a personality, but big enough to have all the amenities of a city. The area attracts individuals who enjoy living close to nature in a beautiful Rocky Mountain setting. Bozeman is home to numerous software firms and high-technology companies, including a number that focus on optics, cryogenics, and electron microscopy.

Wolfgang goes Karlsruhe

       Celebrations of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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Postdoc opening at PSI

There is an open Postdoc position about single-molecule magnets on surfaces studied by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and low-T scanning tunneling microscopy at PSI.
Please visit this web page.

PDRA in high pressure studies of molecule-based magnets

Applications are invited for a 2-year PDRA position in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. This position is part of a new EPSRC funded platform grant Putting the Squeeze on Molecule-Based Magnets working with Dr Mark Murrie in the School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow and project partners at the Universities of Edinburgh and Newcastle, performing research on the synthesis and high-pressure studies of molecule-based magnets. Specifically the job requires expert knowledge in the synthesis and magnetic characterisation of molecule-based magnets. Experience in performing high-pressure magnetic measurements would also be welcomed.
To apply please visit this web page. Closing date 23 March 2016.

CNRS Silver Medal 2016 for Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

       Wolfgang Wernsdorfer received the CNRS Silver Medal 2016.

Press release of the CNRS


Research Faculty I position in the CMS/DC Field department

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) in Tallahassee, FL is inviting applicants for a Research Faculty I position in the area of experimental condensed matter physics and materials science with an emphasis on broad-band IR and THz spectroscopy at low temperatures and high magnetic fields. The NHMFL-Tallahassee is the world's premier magnet laboratory with state-of-the-art high magnetic field facilities (up to 21T in superconducting magnets, 35T in resistive DC magnets, 45T in hybrid DC magnets) for research in physics, materials science, engineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, and biology. The position is in the DC Field Condensed Matter Science group and the successful candidate will be expected to spend a portion of their time helping users in the NHMFL's DC Field Facility. The successful candidate will work alongside other NHMFL scientists and technicians in the development and improvement of measurement techniques and associated equipment needed for cutting edge research. As a member of the NHMFL, the successful applicant will also be expected to show leadership in the development of a broader, collaborative research program, will have the option to pursue outside funding for personal research, and will be expected to participate proactively in other functions of the Lab, including committee participation, supervision and mentorship of students and postdoctoral researchers, and community outreach. A Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry or Engineering with previous post-doctoral experience is required. The candidate is expected to have hands on experience with IR-THz magneto-spectroscopy measurements at low temperatures. The ideal candidate would also have experience with other types of low-temperature measurements at high magnetic fields, including for example: ESR, Raman and Vis optical spectroscopy, electrical transport. Interested candidates should apply to Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu and reference Job ID #39822. Please attach your curriculum vitae, cover letter describing your research experience, and names and contact information of at least three references. Evaluation of candidates will start April 1st 2016 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Ms. Bettina Roberson, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310-2740, 850-644-0855. The NHMFL is operated for the National Science Foundation by a collaboration of institutions comprising Florida State University, the University of Florida, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Florida State University (FSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf

Postdoc position in Experimental Molecular Magnetism

Applications are invited for a 2-year postdoc position at the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark (www.chem.au.dk). The intended starting date for this position is April 1st 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is embedded within a new DFF-supported project entitled "The electronic Structure of Single Molecule Magnets based on Lanthanides", which is a joint theoretical and experimental project focusing on magnetic anisotropy in lanthanides, supported by the Danish Council for Independent Research, and being initiated now by Jeppe Olsen and Jacob Overgaard. For further information please visit this web page.

A PostDoc and a PhD student position in Innbruck

The research activities in our group focus on computational and theoretical approaches to quantum many body systems and new states of quantum matter arising e.g. in quantum magnetism, strongly correlated electron systems, fractional topological insulators, and ultracold quantum gases in and out of equilibrium. For further information please visit our webpage at http://laeuchli-lab.uibk.ac.at/group-page.
The group is part of an exciting larger research environment with the presence of leading theoretical and experimental groups in quantum optics, ultracold quantum gases, trapped ions and quantum information. Large scale computing facilities are available both at the Institute of theoretical physics and at the University computing centre.
Applications - containing CV, publication list, past research achievements and future research plans, plus two to three reference letters should be sent electronically using the subject line "Applications2016" to laeuchli-office@uibk.ac.at by the end of January 2016 for primary consideration. Post-deadline applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Alexander von Humboldt professorship for Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer wins one of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt awards this year, see web page of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award amount is 3.5 million EUR for researchers in theoretical disciplines and 5 million EUR for those conducting experimental research. It finances the professorship for the first five years.
The foundation writes: "Wolfgang Wernsdorfer's specialism is experimental solid state physics at the interface with chemistry and material science. He is one of the world's leading experts on nanomagnets and their use in quantum spintronics. Already as a doctoral researcher at the Low Temperature Laboratory in Grenoble, he developed the nano-SQUID, a breakthrough device allowing him to measure the magnetic properties of single nanostructures and molecules. Wernsdorfer discovered the role played by quantum laws in molecular magnetism and was thus able to build electronic circuits in which the electric current is controlled by the magnetism in the molecule. One of his most recent ambitions is to integrate tiny, molecular quantum processors in the state-of-the-art CMOS technology used in microelectronics. This could lead to nanomagnets being used in future quantum computers."

Condensed Matter Physics Faculty at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Department of Physics Florida State University

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) and Department of Physics at Florida State University anticipate multiple openings of tenured or tenure-track faculty positions for condensed matter experimentalists or theorists in the coming years. These hires will be at the assistant, associate or full professor levels with Physics as the home department and an affiliation with the MagLab.
For more information please look at this web page.

Ph.D. Scholarship at Chemistry Department, Otago University, New Zealand

A Ph.D. Scholarship funded by the MacDiarmid Institute is available to an excellent candidate.
For more information please look at this pdf.

Olivier Kahn International Award 2015

The European Institute of Molecular Magnetism, the chairman and the members of the Olivier Kahn Award International Jury are pleased to announce that the laureate of the fifth Olivier Kahn International Award is Dr. Lapo Bogani, Royal Society Research Fellow at the Departement of Materials of Oxford University, United Kingdom.
The 2015 laureate, Dr. Lapo Bogani, has made original contributions in the field of single molecule and chain magnets and molecular spintronics. The laureate is now working in the Department of Materials of the University of Oxford, after scientific stays at the University of Florence, Institut Neel, CNRS in Grenoble and University of Stuttgart. The jury was impressed by the capacity of the laureate of catching quickly the essential features and combining his experience with that of the groups with which he has been collaborating and then of blending chemistry and physical intuition together in order to integrate the field of molecular spins within a more global and original scientific vision. The jury underlines the great inventiveness of the laureate in spotting new phenomena and his ability of finding the best way to study them. Particularly, Dr Lapo Bogani conceived, synthesized, processed and studied successfully new magnetic one-dimensional molecular anisotropic systems and their dynamics. The jury appreciated the extremely versatility and multidisciplinarity of the candidate, his work encompassing synthesis and physical characterizations, photomagnetism, magnet-optics, ultrafast methods on many kinds of different materials : molecular inorganic nanosystems including lanthanides, carbon nanotubes, graphene...
So doing, he has performed brilliant research in Molecular Magnetism and was skilful to raise impressive amounts of money in an european context to reach his scientific goals. His achievements and visions were recognized by the scientific community, in particular in the field of molecular electronics and spintronics, specially in a groundbreaking article coauthored with the laureate of the first Olivier Kahn Award. The international jury delivering the Award selected the laureate among several young outstanding scientists - chemists and physicists - having contributed actively to the development of molecular magnetism in Europe and having provided the international community with remarkable scientific results. The members of the jury were extremely impressed by the very high standard of the candidates. They wish to the laureate and to all the candidates, full success in the development of their remarkable but challenging projects. The Award will be presented on the occasion of the European Conference on Molecular Magnetism, ECMM 2015, to be held in Zaragoza, Spain on September 6-10. The laureate will present an invited lecture on this occasion.

The European Institute of Molecular Magnetism (EIMM)
Dante Gatteschi, EIMM Chairman, Professor, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy


PhD positions in Nijmegen

New PhD positions are available in the group of Prof. Khajetoorians. Students will get the opportunity to perform research in studying quantum materials, bottom-up, in the newly built SPIN labs as well as with the newly built STM facilities..
For more information please look at this pdf.

Jack E. Crow Postdoctoral Fellowship

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory offers a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship: the Jack E. Crow Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Jack E. Crow Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was named after the founding director of the NHMFL, whose long-time commitment to education and research at all levels is well known. The program is designed for Ph.D.s with a research interest in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics/Materials Science represented in the three sites of the NHMFL. NHMFL is a world-class facility providing challenging environment for cutting-edge scientific and engineering research. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D degree within the last (5) five years and must demonstrate a strong record of academic and research accomplishments.
For more information please look at http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/about/howwework/postdocs.html.

Professorship in Theoretical Physics

Andreas Honecker was appointed as a professor of Theoretical Physics at the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modélisation, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, starting September 1st. (10/2014).

School of Graduate Studies in Physics and Nanosciences - UNIMORE

We are looking for strongly motivated students willing to attend to the School of Graduate Studies in PHYSICS AND NANOSCIENCES at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (XXX cycle) (http://www.nano-phdschool.unimore.it/site/home.html).
Research topics cover physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and neighbouring areas. The course is divided into two curricula: 1) Physics: investigation of the physical properties of different materials using advanced experimental and theoretical techniques. 2) Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies: study of phenomena relevant at the nano-scale, production techniques and analysis of nano-systems (inorganic, molecular, biological and hybrid) and their applications in nanotechnology.
Applications for admission and any required enclosures must be submitted following an online procedure by the final deadline of September 10, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. (Italian time), as described in the official call available on the web site http://www.unimore.it/didattica/doctorates.html. 8 (eight) places are available, of which 6 (six) with scholarship. The selection procedure is based on academic and research records.
Please find Information at www.nano-phdschool.unimore.it/site/home.html.

Jeffrey Long Wins Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award

The ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry are proud to announce Jeffrey Long, University of California, Berkeley, as the winner of the second Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award. Dr. Long was nominated by his peers for his creativity, impactful research and record of accomplishments in the field of inorganic chemistry. He will be presented with an award at a symposium in his honor at the fall ACS National Meeting, August 10-14, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Long's research interests focus on the development of new single-molecule magnets, porous coordination solids and metal-organic frameworks for myriad applications, as well as robust proton reduction catalysts. His work has been recognized with numerous awards including the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Wilson Prize, the TR100 Award, the Phi Lambda Upsilon National Fresenius Award, and the National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award.
ACS web page

Molecular Magnetism at the annual meeting of the German Physical Society

At this years annual meeting of the German Physical Society three sessions deal with topics of molecular magnetism. The condensed matter section meets in Dresden March, 30 - April, 4 this year. Copies of these sessions can be downloaded here:
Symposium on Magnetic/Organic Interfaces and Molecular Magnetism (SYMO) ,
Focus Session: New trends in Molecular Magnetism ,
Session on Bio- and Molecular Magnetism

Open Postdoc Position at Magnetism Division, IMR, Tohoku University

Position Posdoc Fellow
Mission: Quantum Beam Experiments in High Magnetic Fields
Term:Two years, Starting by October 2014
Application Dead Line, 2014, March 30.
Send full C.V. as PDF to the following contact address Contact:Magnetism Division, Institute for Materials Research. Tohoku University, Tel. 81-22-215-2017 nojiri[at]imr.tohoku.ac.jp, Prof. Hiroyuki Nojiri
Please find Information of the group in http://www.hfpm.imr.tohoku.ac.jp.

Alan Sargeson Lectureship for Colette Boskovic

Congratulations to Dr. Colette Boskovic on her receipt of the Alan Sargeson Award from the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. This prestigious early-mid career researcher award acknowledges significant and innovative individual contributions to the field of inorganic chemistry. The award takes the form of a lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand, which Colette will undertake in 2014.

European Award for a Doctoral Thesis on Molecular Magnetism

The EIMM is re-starting the PhD Prize for outstanding theses in molecular magnetism. As there was a considerable gap two competitions are going to be executed in the next six months. The current competition is for theses from April 2011 to the end of June 2012.
Please read pdf.

Postdoc announcement in Bordeaux

Dietrich Foerster from Bordeaux searches for a posdoc with a strong math/programming background for a work on fast GW on the basis of Siesta.
Please read pdf.

ERC Starting Grant for Dr. Lapo Bogani

Dr. Lapo Bogani, Stuttgart, is receiving a "Starting Grant" from the European Research Council (ERC).

Olivier Kahn International Award 2013

The European Institute of Molecular Magnetism, the chairman and the members of the Olivier Kahn Award International Jury are pleased to announce that the laureate of the fourth Olivier Kahn International Award is Dr. Marta Mas-Torrent of the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), Spain. The 2013 laureate, Dr. Marta Mas-Torrent, has made original contributions in the field of materials science and multifunctional materials. The laureate is working in the very active Department of Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials in Barcelona where she developed her own ideas at the interface between chemistry, physics, materials and applied science, from fundamental research to patents, towards technological applications. She successfully transformed organic molecules in readable switchable devices towards use as bits in information storage. The impressive, steady and creative endeavours of the laureate have exploited the fact that molecules can be synthesised in large amounts, tailored for specific applications and can spontaneously selfassemble in more complex structures to process them into original devices. Dr. Marta Mas-Torrent, researcher of NANOMOL, has already recently been awarded with an ERC Starting Grant by the project entitled "Surface Self-assembled Molecular Electronic Devices: Logic Gates and Sensors Memories (e-GAMES).

The OKIA award is going to be presented on the occasion of the European Conference on Molecular Magnetism, ECMM 2013, in Karlsruhe, Germany, October 6-10. The laureate presents an invited lecture on this occasion.
Source: Press release of EIMM.

Premio Linceo 2013 per la Chimica

Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the most important science academy of Italy has awarded Roberta Sessoli of the Università di Firenze and Consorzio INSTM node of the EIMM, the prestigious Premio Linceo 2013 per la Chimica, a prize assigned every 10 years.
Source: Press release of EIMM.

PhD studentship in Zaragosa

Please read pdf.

The position closes on September, 10th, 2013.


Postdoctoral Positions at EastChem, Glasgow, U.K.

We invite applications for three postdoctoral positions on a new interdisciplinary EPSRC funded project Pressure-Tuning Interactions in Molecule-Based Magnets. In order to optimise the properties of functional materials, it is essential to understand, in detail, how structure influences properties. Pressure can be used to distort a material without the need for chemical modification, providing the most direct way to study correlations between crystal structure and physical and chemical properties. In this project, we will investigate structure-property relationships in molecule-based magnets connected into extended chains, networks or frameworks, using crystallographic, magnetic and spectroscopic measurements under high pressure, in combination with theoretical studies of the magnetic behaviour. We will design and build new instruments for magnetic susceptibility and diffraction measurements at high pressure and low temperature and we will exploit these new tools and methodology to study two important classes of magnetic material, porous magnets and single-chain magnets.

University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry & CSEC:
Work Programme 1, Porous magnets (informal enquiries to Professor S. Parsons, S.Parsons@ed.ac.uk)
Work Programme 2, Methodology development for high-pressure magnetism and high-pressure crystallography (informal enquiries to Dr K. Kamenev, K.Kamenev@ed.ac.uk)

University of Glasgow, School of Chemistry:
Work Programme 3, Single-chain magnets (informal enquiries to Dr M. Murrie, Mark.Murrie@glasgow.ac.uk)

Interested candidates for WP1 and WP3 should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas relevant to the project: single crystal X-ray diffraction; powder X-ray diffraction; molecular magnetism; coordination chemistry; inorganic synthesis; molecular micro-porous materials; high-pressure science.Interested candidates for WP2 should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas relevant to the project: pressure cell design and development; magnetic measurements and properties of materials; mechanical engineering.

All positions are available from 30/09/2013.


Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize for Dr. Lapo Bogani

Dr. Lapo Bogani, Stuttgart received this year's Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize sponsored by Oxford Instruments NanoScience. The objective of the Nicholas Kurti Prize is to promote and recognise the novel work of young scientists working in the fields of Low Temperatures and/or High Magnetic Fields in Europe.
Source: Oxford Instruments NanoScience web page.

Olivier Kahn International Award 2013

Entries are now being accepted for the fourth Olivier Kahn International Award. The award will be given to young talented scientists working in Europe in the field of Molecular Magnetism and closely related disciplines.

The nomination entries should be sent before June 1st, 2013, by email, in one compact file (zip type) to: Stefano Vannuzzi, svannuzzi@instm.it
E.I.M.M. (IVth Olivier Kahn International Award Committee) Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali (INSTM) Via G. Giusti, 9, I-50121 Firenze, Italy Tel. +39-055-23387.13 (direct line) Fax +39-055-2480111
Source: EIMM.


PhD and Postdoctoral Positions available at the University of Innsbruck

The research activities in our group focus on computational and theoretical approaches to quantum many body systems and new states of quantum matter arising e.g. in quantum magnetism, strongly correlated electron systems, fractional topological insulators, and ultracold quantum gases in and out of equilibrium. For further information please visit our webpage at http://laeuchli-lab.uibk.ac.at/group-page

The group is part of an exciting research environment with the presence of leading theoretical and experimental groups in quantum optics, ultracold quantum gases, trapped ions and quantum information. Large scale computing facilities are available both at the institute of theoretical physics and at the University computing centre.

PhD applications - containing CV, publications (if available), motivation letter, and two reference letters should be sent electronically using the subject line PhD2013 to andreas.laeuchli@uibk.ac.at by the end of January 2013 for primary consideration.

PostDoc applications - containing CV, publication list, past research achievements and future research plans, plus three reference letters should be sent electronically using the subject line PostDoc2013 to andreas.laeuchli@uibk.ac.at by the end of January 2013 for primary consideration. Post-deadline applications will be considered until the positions are filled.


Leibniz prize for Achim Rosch and Roderich Moessner

Prof. Dr. Achim Rosch (Universität zu Köln) und Prof. Dr. Roderich Moessner (Max-Planck Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme) share one of this years Leibniz prizes. They receive the prize for their contributions to the field of interacting quantum systems.
Source: DFG.

ERC Advanced Grant for Prof. Achim Müller

Achim Müller is receiving an "Advanced Grant" from the European Research Council (ERC).
Source: Press Release Bielefeld University.

ERC Starting Grant for Prof. Paul Kögerler

Paul Kögerler is receiving a "Starting Grant" from the European Research Council (ERC). Revolutionary innovations in microelectronics require new materials: molecular magnets, used as integral transistor components, for instance, are expected to offer several decisive advantages, such as extremely low energy consumption and highly complex switching functions that are hard to realize using conventional semiconductor logic devices. The basis for these properties is the joint utilization of magnetic and electronic quantum states of single magnetic molecules. In the "Synthetic Expansion of Magnetic Molecules Into Spintronic Devices" project (MOLSPINTRON), Paul Kögerler sets out to tackle one of central difficulties in molecular spin electronics: the precise contacting of the particle. To do so he utilizes highly stable magnetic metal oxide nanomolecules, at whose surfaces the contacts can be made synthetically, i.e. with atomic precision, using both conductive and nonconductive interfaces. Paul Kögerler, born on July 6, 1971, is a University Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the RWTH Aachen Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences. His key research areas are molecular magnetism, metal oxide clusters, and their utilization in information technology and medical diagnostics.
Source: RWTH Aachen.

Professorship in Inorganic Chemistry

Biprajit Sarkar was appointed as a professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin (05/2012).

Olivier Kahn International Award 2011

The European Institute of Molecular Magnetism, the chairman and the members of the Olivier Kahn Award International Jury are pleased to announce that the laureate of the third Olivier Kahn International Award is Professor Stefano Carretta of the University of Parma. The laureate, Prof. Stefano Carretta has made a major contribution to the underlying theory of molecular magnetism. The aim of his research has been twofold: the understanding of fundamental phenomena and the identification of systems suitable for technological applications, especially in the field of quantum computation. Prof. Carretta works in an outstanding team of theorists at the University of Parma and his imagination and ability to communicate very complex ideas are two of his many remarkable skills.
The idea that molecular magnets could be used in quantum computation shows how the field of molecular magnetism is developing. Very recently Prof. Carretta has published calculations that describe how a quantum simulator could function: the paper shows how molecular magnetism could be used to create physical systems and experiments that seemed merely visionary when proposed by Richard Feynman in the 1950s. This contribution is one of many that Prof. Carretta has made, which challenge the experimental scientists in the field to produce the chemistry and physics needed to satisfy his theories.
The international jury delivering the Award selected the laureate among several 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 jury were hugely impressed by the very high standard of the candidates.
The Award was presented on the occasion of the European Conference on Molecular Magnetism, ECMM 2011, helt in Paris, France, on November 22-25. The laureate presented an invited lecture on this occasion.
Source: EIMM.

New research centre SFB/TRR 88 funded

A collaborative research centre SFB/TRR 88 is funded by the German Science Foundation DFG. It deals with cooperative effects in homo and heterometallic complexes. The universities of Kaiserlautern and Karlsruhe contribute to this initiative.
Source: Web page of SFB/TRR 88.

Dr. Lapo Bogani receives Sofja Kovalevskaja prize 2010

Dr. Lapo Bogani, Universität Stuttgart, 1. Physikalisches Institut, receives one of the 2010 Sofja Kovalevskaja prizes. His research will be supported by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation with up to 1.65 Mio. Euros.
Source: German press release.

Professorship in Physical Chemistry

Joris van Slageren was appointed as a professor of Physical Chemistry at the Universität Stuttgart (09/2010).

Professorship in Experimental Physics

Rüdiger Klingeler was appointed as a professor of Experimental Physics at Heidelberg University (08/2010).

Forschergruppe 1154 Towards Molecular Spintronics

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has decided to establish a new research unit (Forschergruppe) with the topic Towards Molecular Spintronics. Participating groups are from Chemnitz, Dresden, Freiberg, and Leipzig. URL:http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/physik/RU_TMS/index.php
(2010/05/11)

ICMM Beijing, October 8 - 12, 2010

The website for the 12th International Conference on Molecule-Based Magnets (ICMM) to be held in Beijing, China from October 8 to 12, 2010, is up. The ICMM is the largest biennial event in the interdisciplinary and growing field of Molecular Magnetism.
Quelle/Source: 12. ICMM.

Leibniz-Preis für Professor Frank Neese

Professor Frank Neese, Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie der Universität Bonn, erhält für seine herausragenden Forschungsleistungen auf dem Gebiet der theoretischen Chemie den Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis, der mit 2,5 Millionen Euro dotiert ist.
Professor Frank Neese, Theoretical Chemistry, Bonn University, receives the Leibniz prize for his outstanding achievements in theoretical chemistry.
Quelle/Source: DFG.

No. 1

www.molmag.de is No. 1 at bing when searching for Molecular Magnetism (06/2009).

Professorship in Physics

Andrei Postnikov was appointed as a professor in Physics at the Paul Verlaine University, Metz, France (05/2009).

Centenary Lectureship 2008/09 Winner

Achim Müller, University of Bielefeld, Germany, was awarded the Centenary Prize (Lectureship) 2008/09 by the Royal Society of Chemistry (London) for his development of the field of oxometalate chemistry, especially the synthesis of giant clusters for use as nanoscale building blocks and the investigation of their electronic structure and magnetochemistry.

Link at the Royal Society of Chemistry (London)


Universite de tous les savoirs

A french popular initiative - Universite de tous les savoirs - launched a programme with a series of presentations presently given on the topic: Magnetism today : from homing pigeon to spintronics (01/2009).
Link to programme
Programme listing

Professorship in Inorganic Chemistry

Franz Renz was appointed as a professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the Universität Hannover (09/2008).

2008 Olivier Kahn International Award for Dr. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós

Dr. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós, University of Valencia, receives the 2008 Olivier Kahn International Award for his achievements 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.

Mehr als nur Einzelmolekülmagnete

Professor Paul Kögerler, Anorganische Chemie, RWTH Aachen, stellt in den Nachrichten aus der Chemie, Ausgabe 56 vom Juli/August 2008, Seite 743ff. seine Sicht auf das Gebiet des molekularen Magnetismus dar. "Der molekulare Magnetismus steht nach einer stürmischen Entwicklung vor veränderten Aufgaben: Es gilt, neue physikalische Phänomene anzugehen und die bisherigen Erkenntnisse in Modelle einer molekularen Spinelektronik umzusetzen."
pdf file (mit freundlicher Erlaubnis des Verlages)
Quelle:Nachrichten aus der Chemie, Ausgabe 56 vom Juli/August 2008, Seite 743ff

Chemie-Preis für Professor Frank Neese

Professor Frank Neese, Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie der Universität Bonn, wird am 14. November 2008 in Berlin den diesjährigen Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank-Preis für Chemie erhalten. Der mit 100.000 Euro ausgestattete Preis ist die höchst dotierte Auszeichnung für jüngere Wissenschaftler in Deutschland und ist dem gelernten Biologen für seine bahnbrechenden Arbeiten zur hocheffizienten Berechnung der Elektronenstruktur großer Moleküle zugesprochen worden.
Quelle: DHV Newsletter 8/2008

Forschergruppe Bielefeld

Sowohl der Senat der DFG als auch der Hauptausschuss haben die Förderung einer neuen Forschergruppe zum Thema Nanomagnete beschlossen.

Both main bodies of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) have positively decided on a new research group (Forschergruppe) on Nano magnets.
Bielefeld University Press Release
(2008/07/02)


Dr. Karlheinz Schmidt

Dr. Karlheinz Schmidt, head of the Chemistry and Process Engineering Division at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), and thus responsible for the Priority Program 1137 on Molecular Magnetism, passed away on Tuesday, March 4th 2008, after a short but virulent illness.
(2008/03/14)

Olivier Kahn International Award

Calls for two different prizes have been announced:
  • Olivier Kahn International Award: The second Olivier Kahn International Award, OKIA, reserved to talented and relatively young researcher operating in the field of Molecular Magnetism and related disciplines.
  • European Awards for Molecular Magnetism Doctoral Thesis: The First European Awards for Molecular Magnetism Doctoral Thesis, ADoc MolMag, reserved to persons that discussed since May 1th, 2005, up to now, a doctoral thesis in the field of Molecular Magnetism and/or in related disciplines.
(2007/01/14)

Bernard Barbara receives German-French physics prize

German press statement: Der Franzose Bernard Barbara vom Laboratoire Louis Neel in Grenoble wird für seine herausragenden Arbeiten auf dem Gebiet des Magnetismus von der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (DPG) und der Französischen Physikalischen Gesellschaft mit dem Gentner-Kastler-Preis 2008 geehrt. Die Auszeichnung beinhaltet eine Silbermedaille und ist mit 1.000 Euro dotiert.

More information at http://www.dpg-physik.de/presse/pressemit/2007/dpg-pm-2007-031.html.
(2007/12/08)


Lectureship in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Nottingham

Joris van Slageren was appointed as a lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Nottingham (10/2007).

Professorship in Experimental Physics at the Universität Freiburg

Oliver Waldmann was appointed as a professor in Experimental Physics at the Universität Freiburg (09/2007).

Professorship in Experimental Physics at the Universität Dresden

Hans-Henning Klauss was appointed as a professor in Experimental Physics at the Universität Dresden (10/2007).

Professorship in Theoretical Physics at the Universität Bielefeld

Jürgen Schnack was appointed as a professor in Theoretical Physics at the Universität Bielefeld (01/2007).

Professorship in Inorganic Chemistry and Molecular Magnetism at the Universität Aachen

Paul Kögerler was appointed as a professor in Inorganic Chemistry and Molecular Magnetism at the Universität Aachen in cooperation with the Forschungszentrum Jülich (11/2006).

Olivier Kahn International Award

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer won the Olivier Kahn International Award (10/2006).
More information.

Professorship in Theoretical Chemistry at the Universität Bonn

Frank Neese was appointed as a professor in Theoretical Chemistry at the Universität Bonn (04/2006).

Professorship in Inorganic Chemistry at the Universität Bielefeld

Thorsten Glaser was appointed as a professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the Universität Bielefeld (08/2005).

Spinhenge@home - Devote your lunch break to science!

Prof. Christian Schröder at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld is investigating magnetic molecules by means of classical spin dynamics. He is also very active in computer sciences, and by combining both skills he and his group developed a screen saver which performs Monte-Carlo simulations and can be used by everybody. The screen saver, which works similarly to seti@home, downloads problems from a central server, solves problems, and sends back the results.

If you are interested: Learn more about Spinhenge@home and become part of it at this web site.