Russian Chemical Bulletin

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 718–735

Heading to photoswitchable magnets


DOI: 10.1007/s11172-008-0112-x

Cite this article as:
Aldoshin, S.M. Russ Chem Bull (2008) 57: 718. doi:10.1007/s11172-008-0112-x


The review concerns the strategic approaches to the photomodulation of the magnetic properties of molecular hybrid compounds combining magnetic and optical properties. The approaches developed include photocontrol of intra- and intermolecular magnetic coupling and manipulation of the effect of the photochromic sublattice on the bulk behavior of molecular magnets. In the framework of the first approach, we consider photoinduced charge-transfer phase transitions, changes in the spin state of magnetic centers, photoswitching of intramolecular exchange interactions between magnetic centers connected by a photochromic bridge, and generation of high-spin organic molecules forming high-spin groups due to intermolecular exchange interactions. In the framework of the second approach, we discuss hybrid polyfunctional compounds combining magnetic and photochromic sublattices in the same crystal lattice, as well as intercalation of organic photochromes into voids or inter-layer space of organic magnetics (or vice versa). Creation of such materials allows not only several functions to be combined in the same lattice, which is important for reducing the size of hardware components, but also these properties to be controlled and modified through synergistic effects. The results of basic research suggest that novel materials for various practical applications can be created using principles of crystal chemical engineering.

Key words

photochromic transformationsmagnetic propertieshybrid polyfunctional compounds

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.  2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Problems of Chemical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesChernogolovka, Moscow RegionRussian Federation