Spin polarization in graphene nanoribbons functionalized with nitroxide

  • Vitaly Morozov
  • Evgeny TretyakovEmail author
Original Paper


Fine-tuning of magnetic states via an understanding of spin injection on the edge of graphene nanoribbons should allow for greater flexibility of the design of graphene-based spintronics. On the basis of calculations, we predict that coupling constants of the exchange interaction in the series of nitroxide-functionalized ribbon compounds are antiferromagnetic across the ribbons with values 0.2–0.4 cm−1 and ferromagnetic along the ribbon with absolute values from 0.05 to 0.07 cm−1. Such interacting nitroxide groups induce spin polarization of the edge states of stable graphene nanoribbons.

Graphical abstract

Exchange coupling constants inducing spin polarization in graphene nanoribbons functionalized with nitroxides.


Graphene Graphene nanoribbons Molecular magnetism Nitronyl nitroxides Quantum chemical calculations 



This work was financially supported by the Russian Science Foundation (grant 18-13-00173). ET is grateful to Dr. D. Stass for discussions regarding this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Tomography CenterNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.Novosibirsk State UniversityNovosibirskRussia
  3. 3.N. N. Vorozhtsov Institute of Organic ChemistryNovosibirskRussia

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