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Complex Materials for Molecular Spintronics Applications: Cobalt Bis(dioxolene) Valence Tautomers, from Molecules to Polymers

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posted on 01.11.2012, 00:00 authored by Arrigo Calzolari, Yifeng Chen, Geoffrey F. Lewis, Daniel B. Dougherty, David Shultz, Marco Buongiorno Nardelli
Using first principles calculations, we predict a complex multifunctional behavior in cobalt bis­(dioxolene) valence tautomeric compounds. Molecular spin-state switching is shown to dramatically alter electronic properties and corresponding transport properties. This spin state dependence has been demonstrated for technologically relevant coordination polymers of valence tautomers as well as for novel conjugated polymers with valence tautomeric functionalization. As a result, these materials are proposed as promising candidates for spintronic devices that can couple magnetic bistability with novel electrical and spin conduction properties. Our findings pave the way to the fundamental understanding and future design of active multifunctional organic materials for spintronics applications.