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Peter Day

Prof. Peter Day at a NOSIC meeting,
Prullans, Spain, 2006.
Picture by Prof. Santiago Alvarez.
Professor Peter Day FRS was a pioneer in materials chemistry, interested in the physical properties of new inorganic and molecular compounds and in the best way to model and to explain them theoretically. His work with Robin on mixed valence systems, known as the "Robin and Day classification", starting with Prussian blue "the grand-daddy of all mixed valence compounds", is a remarkable scientific piece, still fully operative among modern researchers. Peter was known to design elegant sophisticated experiments and the theoretical models useful to interpret them: optics, spectroscopy, magnetism, (super)conductivity. During 40 years of active research, Peter published around 700 articles, in collaboration with numerous groups in UK, the US, Europe, India, Japan. Peter was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 1986 and member of the Academia Europaea in 1992. He has received awards from the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The RSC award in materials chemistry bears his name. Peter served many National, European and International agencies and institutions.
Peter passed away on 19th May 2020. He will be sadly missed.

ISIS User Stephen Blundell receives prestigious award for muon science

The Yamazaki Prize is awarded once every three years by the International Society for Muon Spectroscopy, recognising a scientist for their outstanding work in muon spectroscopy with a long-term impact on its scientific and/or technical applications.
Read more here.

PhD studentship jointly held between The University of Manchester (U.K.), The Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Bordeaux (Fr.) & Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble (Fr.)

Project details can be found here.

Magnetochemistry Special Issue "Magnetic Properties at Extreme Conditions"

Dear Colleagues, Extreme conditions research bridges coordination chemistry, solid state chemistry, structure, magnetism, and spectroscopy and can be used to unravel new physical behavior in superconductivity, charge transport, and magnetism. Pressure can be applied to a range of molecular magnetic materials, including single-molecule magnets, spin crossover complexes, spin chains, and magnetic frameworks. Here, applied pressure provides a direct probe for investigating magnetostructural correlations, avoiding the need to examine numerous different chemical derivatives of a given material. It is rapidly becoming a convenient tool to study molecular magnetic materials, where it has been used to increase magnetic ordering temperatures, change the orientation of Jahn–Teller axes, and control magnetic anisotropy.
This Special Issue of Magnetochemistry aims at publishing a collection of research contributions illustrating recent achievements in all aspects of the development, study, and understanding of magnetic properties at extreme conditions.
Prof. Mark Murrie, Guest Editor Details can be found here.

Post-doctoral researcher scholarship(s) in Theoretical Physics (Condensed Matter Theory, Kaiserslautern)

Project details can be found here.

PhD position available at the University of Tasmania, Australia
Synthesis of dinuclear radical bridge clusters

In the absence of a magnetic field, certain molecules can retain magnetisation; they exhibit a hysteresis (or a lagging) in the magnetisation below a certain temperature. The term Single Molecular Magnet (SMM) has been coined to describe such molecules. The origin of the magnetic hysteresis is not from long range magnetic ordering as seen in classical magnetic materials, rather is intrinsic to the molecular features of the molecules. The best lanthanide SMMs are usually based on monometallic complexes. However, radical bridges have been used to provide a very strong interaction between the unpaired electrons in the contracted 4f orbitals in dinuclear lanthanide complexes. This project involves the synthesis of new dinuclear complexes involving the verdazyl ligand.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Theory of Quantum Matter, Stockholm

Closing date: 13 December 2019. The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). Project description The research group "Theory of Quantum Matter" in the unit for Condensed Matter and Quantum Optics, within the Department of Physics at Stockholm University, invites applications to two postdoctoral positions within the area of threedimensional topological phases. The research group consists of eight active permanent members, eight postdocs and about eleven Ph.D. students. The research focuses on various forms of quantum matter, in the context of solid state systems, as well as artificial ones, such as those that are formed in ultra cold gasses, and certain states in quantum-optics. The used methods range from numerical and symbolic computations to quantum field theory calculations utilizing advanced concepts from geometry and topology. The postdoctoral fellow will work as part of the research group lead by Maria Hermanns where main research interests include topologically ordered states, in particular quantum spin liquids, and entanglement signatures of topological phases of matter. Main responsibilities The successful candidate will study various strongly correlated systems and/or topological phases using analytical and/or numerical techniques. He/she is expected to be able to do independent work, work in collaboration with other group members and participate in the supervision of Ph.D. students. Qualification requirements Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. Assessment criteria In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills within the research topic of strongly correlated phases and topological phases of matter, as well as the ability to conduct independent research. Previous research experience in analytical and/or numerical techniques that are especially suited for strongly correlated systems is favorable. The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar. Terms of employment The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension for another year. Start date 2020-09-01 or as per agreement. Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all. Contact Further information about the position can be obtained from Maria Hermanns, Union representatives Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco, telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO). Application Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. Please include the following information with your application: Your contact details and personal data Your highest degree Your language skills Contact details for 2-3 references Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters via email to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-3626-19 + name of the applicant.

Prof. George Christou awarded the American Chemical Society 2019 ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Professor George Christou has been selected to receive the 2019 Award in Inorganic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society "for his pioneering work in magnetic metal-oxo clusters and discovery of numerous single-molecule magnets, many exhibiting unprecedented physical properties important to new 21st century technologies". He received the prize at the 2019 ACS national meeting in Orlando, Florida, on March 31 - April 4, during which there was also a one-day award symposium in his honor. The ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry is given every year to recognize "... outstanding research in the preparation, properties, reactions, or structure of inorganic substances. Special consideration (is) given to independence of thought and originality."

Postdoc in single molecule magnetism, Aarhus, Denmark

Applications are invited for a postdoc position at the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark ( Duration is up to 2 years. The place of work is Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. The position is embedded within a new Villum-supported project entitled "Magnetic Anisotropy Using Powder Neutron Diffraction", which focuses on experimental determination of magnetic anisotropy using powder polarized neutron diffraction. We are seeking a candidate to continue the development of the emerging application of polarized neutron diffraction on powders for the extraction of atomic susceptibility tensors. The candidate is required to possess a strong background in molecular magnetism and to have experience with neutron and x-ray diffraction, both powder and single crystal. The methodology is currently under development, and solid knowledge of the python programming language is therefore necessary. It is considered advantageous if the candidate has experience with synthesis, and a solid theoretical understanding of magnetism allowing a strong participation in the theoretical aspect of the project. The successful candidate will also be involved in electron density determination using synchrotron X-ray diffraction in collaboration with other members of the group, and prior knowledge of these techniques will be considered positively, but are not required. The candidate must possess a PhD in chemistry or physics, preferably with emphasis on molecular magnetism. The intended starting date for this position is January 1st 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


ACMM Rising Star Award

ACMM offers a "Rising Star Award" at ACMM2020. This award was established by great contribution of Prof. Masahiro Yamashita and Prof. Hiroki Oshio. One winner will be selected and will receive a certificate and a prize of 100,000 JPY, and the winner has an award lecture at the opening ceremony on 9th March.

Eligibility: Researchers who are 38 years old or younger (when applying) with PhD

Application Guideline: Details are given in the file: Application Guideline


Entries are now being accepted for the sixth "European Award on Molecular Magnetism Doctoral Thesis". The award will be given to three young talented researchers in the field of Molecular Magnetism or a closely related discipline. The jury will pay particular attention to the design f novel magnetic molecules and materials, discovery of new phenomena, the application of new technologies or techniques, and important steps that advance our understanding of molecular magnetism. The jury will be composed of four internationally renowned scientists working within the field.
The prize will include 500 Euro plus the registration fee towards attendance at an international event such as the European Conference of Molecular Magnetism 2021, or the Spintronic conference 2020, or at the ESMolNa school 2020, or others, where the successful candidates will also have the opportunity to present their work.
Eligibility. Candidates are eligible who submitted a PhD thesis between 1st April 2016 to 31th March 2018.
Application. The application should contain:
1) A three-page summary of the thesis, underlining the major achievements of the thesis work.
2) A list of the publications obtained from the thesis, including publications that have appeared since the thesis was submitted.
3) A two-page CV containing also contact details for the applicant.
4) Up to three recommendation letters from the supervisors of the thesis or other scientists involved in the thesis work.
5) The electronic version of the thesis and related publications in pdf format, as like as the above material, should be sent via We transfer ( to:
Application can be received up to December 15th, 2019
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2020 APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research

Myriam Sarachik, Distinguished Professor Emerita, at City College of New York, has been awarded the 2020 APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research.
The medal recognizes contributions of the highest level that advance our knowledge and understanding of the physical universe in all its facets, and is presented along with a $50,000 prize. The 2020 APS Medal is presented to Sarachik "for fundamental contributions to the physics of electronic transport in solids and molecular magnetism."
Source: APS web page.

RCS 2019 Tilden Prize

The Royal Society of Chemistry awarded the 2019 Tilden Prize to Eric McInnes, The University of Manchester, for seminal contributions to the electron paramagnetic spectroscopy of transition metal compounds.
Source: Web page of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

RCS 2019 Centenary Prize

The Royal Society of Chemistry awarded the 2019 Centenary Prize to Roberta Sessoli, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, for world-leading research on molecular magnetism, single chain magnets and sustained memory effects in molecular systems.
Source: Web page of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Bruker Prize Lecture 2020

David Collison, co-founder and director of the EPSRC UK National EPR Facility, the University of Manchester, was awarded the 2020 Bruker Prize by the ESR Spectroscopy Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (07/2019). The nominations emphasised David's seminal contributions to experimental and theoretical fundamentals of transition metal EPR, from bioinorganic chemistry to molecular materials, including his authoritative textbook. Crucially, they also stressed his important and selfless work in developing, supporting and nurturing the EPR community throughout his career.
More information.

Olivier Kahn International Award 2019

Nicholas Chilton, Research Fellow at the Department of Chemistry of Manchester University, United Kingdom won the Olivier Kahn International Award (07/2019).
More information.

Leibniz Prize for Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

       Wolfgang Wernsdorfer receives Germany's highest science prize in 2019.
News coverage:
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SWR Aktuell
Radio, Impuls
online article
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Olivier Kahn International Award 2017

The European Institute of Molecular Magnetism, the President and the members of the Olivier Kahn Award International Jury are pleased to announce that the laureate of the sixth Olivier Kahn International Award is Dr. Matteo Mannini, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Florence, Italy.
The 2017 laureate, Dr. Matteo Mannini, has made original contributions in the field of the integration of magnetic molecules in nanometric architectures towards molecular spintronics. The laureate spent his young career in the Laboratory for Molecular Magnetism (LAMM), in the Chemistry Department of the University of Florence, with frequent stays in several European Synchrotron Radiation facilities. In his studies the laureate has been interested in some fundamental aspect of the magnetic memory of molecules. Importantly his results can serve as proof of principle that single molecules magnets (SMM), can be observed, not only in the bulk of a material but also when they are grafted or deposited on metallic substrates. This paves the way to more applicative research through the development of hybrid devices for organic spintronics. The shift from the crystal to the surface has been a recent evolution in molecular magnetism. It was necessary to address individual molecules and to fully exploit the molecular origin of the hysteresis of SMMs. It is far from being trivial. The overall study was successful because of a rigorous and multidisciplinary approach established in large part by Dr. Mannini. Dr. Mannini has played a crucial role acting as a very efficient link between chemists and physicists active in surface science and synchrotron radiation techniques. The area of phenomena and classes of materials that he has investigated with synchrotron light is particularly wide as it goes from spin crossover to valence tautomerism and from single molecule magnets to single chain magnets. In most cases he developed strategies for surface deposition and for monitoring the bistable behaviour. Far from single-shot studies, the laureate has developed reliable preparation and characterization protocols to provide new and reproducible results, a mandatory aspect for making real advances in this difficult research area. Supported by the members of the well-established and very active molecular magnetism laboratory in Florence, the best specialists in X-ray absorption and many fruitful collaborations, Matteo Mannini was able to choose the appropriate samples and techniques, to develop his own creativity to finally tackle the challenges of the “crystal to surface” shift. So doing, he became a reference in the field of molecular magnetic materials at the nanoscale.

original press release.

Wolfgang goes Karlsruhe

       Celebrations of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


CNRS Silver Medal 2016 for Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

       Wolfgang Wernsdorfer received the CNRS Silver Medal 2016.

Press release of the CNRS

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."

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

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

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.

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.

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,
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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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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).

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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.