Magnetic molecules are a new class of fascinating materials. These molecules contain a finite number of interacting spin centers (e.g. paramagnetic ions) and thus provide ideal opportunities to study basic concepts of magnetism. Some of them possess magnetic ground states and give rise to hysteresis effects and metastable magnetic phases. They may show quantum tunneling of the magnetization which raises the question of coherent dynamics in such systems. Other types of molecules exhibit pronounced frustration effects, whereas so-called spin crossover substances can switch their magnetic ground state and related properties such as color under irradiation of laser light, pressure or heat. Scientists from various fields - chemistry, physics; theory and experiment - have joined the research on molecular magnetism in order to explore the unprecedented properties of these new compounds.

Some Reviews



  • Computational Modelling of Molecular Nanomagnets, Editor Gopalan Rajaraman, Springer, 2023, online
  • Recent Development in Clusters of Rare Earths and Actinides: Chemistry and Materials, Editors: Zhiping Zheng, Structure and Bonding, Volume 173 2017Springer, ISBN: 978-3-662-53301-7 (Print) 978-3-662-53303-1 (Online), online
  • Jens Jensen and Allan R. Mackintosh, Rare Earth Magnetism: Structures and Excitations, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991;   online
  • Jean-Pierre Launay, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse and Institut Universitaire de France, and Michel Verdaguer, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris Electrons in Molecules, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-929778-8, Flyer and order form
  • World Scientific Series in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology- Vol. 3, MOLECULAR CLUSTER MAGNETS, edited by Richard Winpenny (The University of Manchester, UK), 312pp, 978-981-4322-94-2 & 978-981-4322-95-9(ebook)
  • The Jahn-Teller Effect, Fundamentals and Implications for Physics and Chemistry Series: Springer Series in Chemical Physics , Vol. 97 Köppel, Horst; Yarkony, David R.; Barentzen, Heinz (Eds.) 2010, XXI, 915 p. 322 illus., 6 in color., Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-642-03431-2
    with contributions of Atanasov, Comba, Tsukerblat
  • Magnetism goes nano, Lecture Manuscripts of the 36th Spring School of the Institute of Solid State Research, 14 - 25 February 2005, Eds. Blügel, Stefan; Brückel, Thomas; Schneider, Claus M., Jülich
    FREE DOWNLOAD of the lectures notes of e.g. Wernsdorfer, Ruben, Blügel, Schnack, Postnikov, Lichtenstein, and many others.

  • NMR-MRI, µSR and Mössbauer Spectroscopies in Molecular Magnets, Eds. Pietro Carretta and Alessandro Lascialfari, Springer, ISBN-10: 8847005310, ISBN-13: 978-8847005310
  • Molecular Magnetism, W. Peddie, Dodo Pr, ISBN-10: 1406738522, ISBN-13: 978-1406738520
  • Molecular Magnetism: From Molecular Assemblies to the Devices (Understanding Chemical Reactivity), Eds. E. Coronado, Pierre Delhaès, D. Gatteschi, Joel S. Miller, Springer, ISBN-10: 0792341309, ISBN-13: 978-0792341307
  • Theoretical Foundations of Molecular Magnetism (Current Methods in Inorganic Chemistry), Roman Boca, Elsevier, ISBN-10: 0444502297, ISBN-13: 978-0444502292
  • Molecular Magnets: Recent Highlights, Eds. Wolfgang Linert and Michel Verdaguer, Springer, ISBN-10: 3211838910, ISBN-13: 978-3211838914
  • Molecular Nanomagnets: (Mesoscopic Physics and Nanotechnology), Eds. Dante Gatteschi, Roberta Sessoli, Jacques Villain, Oxford University Press, ISBN-10: 0198567537, ISBN-13: 978-0198567530
  • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of Exchange Coupled Systems, Alessandro Bencini, Dante Gatteschi, Springer, ISBN-10: 0387509445, ISBN-13: 978-0387509440
  • Quantum Magnetism (Lecture Notes in Physics), Eds. Ulrich Schollwöck, Johannes Richter, Damian J. J. Farnell, Raymond F. Bishop, Springer, ISBN-10: 3540214224, ISBN-13: 978-3540214229
  • Molecules Into Materials: Case Studies in Materials Chemistry - Mixed Valency, Magnetism and Superconductivity: Case Studies in Materials Chemistry, Mixed Valency, Magnetism and Superconductivity, Ed. Peter Day, World Scientific Publishing, ISBN-10: 9812700382, ISBN-13: 978-9812700384
  • Lower-Dimensional Systems and Molecular Electronics: Proceedings (NATO Asi Series), Eds. Robert M. Metzger, Peter R. Day, George C. Papavassiliou, Springer, ISBN-10: 0306438267, ISBN-13: 978-0306438264
  • Molecular Magnetism, Olivier Kahn, VCH, ISBN-10: 1560815663, ISBN-13: 978-1560815662
  • Magnetism: A Supramolecular Function (NATO Science Series: U), Ed. Olivier Kahn, Kluwer Academic Publ., ISBN-10: 0792341538, ISBN-13: 978-0792341536
  • Magnetism and Transition Metal Complexes, F. E. Mabbs and D. J. Machin, Dover Publications, ISBN-10: 0486462846, ISBN-13: 978-0486462844
  • Metal-Organic and Organic Molecular Magnets, Eds. P. Day and A. E. Underhill, RSC & Royal Society, ISBN 0-85404-764-6
  • Introduction to Physical Techniques in Molecular Magnetism, , Eds. F. Palacio, E. Ressouche, and J. Schweizer, Univ. Zaragoza, 2000, ISBN 84-95480-10-7