Jyväskylä, Finland

Designer Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry for Single-Molecule Magnet Applications

when 16 August 2016 - 19 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

Single-molecule magnets (SMMs) are coordination complexes that display slowly relaxing magnetization in the absence of an applied magnetic field. This course summarizes the important role played by synthetic coordination and organometallic chemistry in the development of SMMs. A bewildering array of SMMs containing transition metals, lanthanides or actinides is known, with many of the most important recent examples being based on organometallic chemistry. A few SMMs have even been used as the working components in molecular spintronic devices. This course has three main aims: 1) the first aim is to cover the main fundamental aspects of 4f and 3d coordination chemistry that underpin SMMs; 2) the second aim is to provide students with an introduction to one of the most exciting areas of modern molecular magnetism, and in particular to highlight how organometallic/coordination chemistry has allowed the field to evolve in new directions; 3) the third aim is to highlight that synthetic organometallic chemistry in particular still has hugely under-exploited potential in the development of single-molecule magnets. By using this course as an entry point for studying the literature in more detail, hopefully more students will be motivated to undertake research into the design and realization of new molecular magnets.

This course is combined with CH4: Theoretical Description of Molecular Magnetism.

Course leader

Lecturer: Prof. Richard Layfield (The University of Manchester, United Kingdom)

Coordinator: Dr. Jani Moilanen (University of Jyväskylä)

Target group

The Summer School annually offers courses for advanced master’s students, graduate students, and post-docs in the various fields of science and information technology.

The course is targeted at the advanced undergraduate and graduate/post graduate level students in chemistry.

Course aim

The most important aims of the Summer School are to develop post-graduates scientific readiness and to offer students the possibility to study in a modern, scientific environment and to create connections to the international science community. The Summer School offers an excellent pathway to develop international collaboration in post-graduate research.

Credits info

2 EC
Passing: Obligatory attendance at lectures and home exam.

Grading: Pass/fail

Fee info

EUR 0: Participating the Summer School is free of charge, but student have to cover the costs of own travel, accommodation and meals at Jyväskylä.


The 26th Jyväskylä Summer School is not able to grant any Summer School students financial support.